Vegan Cheezy Broccoli Soup ~ Meatless Monday

We’ve still been having some lovely weather into September but it is definitely cooling off at night, you can feel that chill in the air.  As soon as Fall graces us with its presence I go into full-on soup mode.  I love to make a big batch and freeze it for a quick easy meal when all you want to do is cozy up under a blanket and have a Netflix marathon.  Speaking of Netflix, I finally jumped on the Downton Abbey train and plowed through the first two seasons in no time. It’s safe to say I’m totally hooked!  I wonder if this is something Mrs. Patmore would have served up to the Crawley’s?Vegan Cheezy Broccoli SoupPrint Recipe

 

Yield 9 cups

5-6 cups broccoli florets
4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
3 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 white onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup raw cashews
2 Tbsp arrowroot starch + 1/4 cup cold water
S&P to taste
Drizzle of olive oil
3/4 cup Daiya mozzarella shreds (optional)

In a large pot, add the olive oil, celery, onions and garlic.  Cook until onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes.Broccoli SoupAdd vegetable stock, almond milk, and broccoli; simmer until broccoli is cooked, about 10 minutes.  At this point I like to reserve about 2 cups of the cooked broccoli to dice up and add to the soup.  If you prefer it all blended, leave it in.Broccoli Soup3Transfer to a high-speed blender.  Add the nutritional yeast, cashews and salt & pepper.  Blend until desired consistency is reached.  Blend longer for a creamy, smooth soup or less for a thicker, chunkier soup.  Broccoli Soup4Transfer back to the pot on the stove over medium heat.  In a small bowl, mix together the arrowroot starch and water.  Stir into the soup.  Add diced broccoli and mozzarella.  Cook for a few minutes until soup has thickened.Broccoli Soup5Serve with your favourite crusty bread and enjoy!

Nutritional Info per serving ~ 1 cup
121 Calories, 13g Carbs, 5 g Fat, 6g Protein, 650mg Sodium, 3g Sugar

Please Note:  Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may vary depending on your ingredients.  Therefore, it is not always 100% accurate and meant to be used as a reference only.

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