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Spicy Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Kiss my spatula and call me home for dinner!  Down home comfort food, that is exactly what this Broccoli Cheese Soup is all about!  I wish I had some great soup story to share but I don’t.  I didn’t grow up working 10 hours a day in the garden picking broccoli till my fingers bled, nor did I carry it 10 miles uphill both ways.. but I did grow up eating Cambell’s canned soup!   I used cashew nuts and hemp seeds in this recipe.  You could use all cashews or all hemp seeds if you desire.  The soaked cashews add a real creaminess to the soup.  The hemp seeds add tons of nutrients!  You can read all about them here.  This soup is thick so if you want a thinner soup just add in more almond milk.  It could also double as a dip for veggies or flax crackers if you cut down on the liquid used in the recipe.  .

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 2 hrs)
  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 1/2 large red bell peppers
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp of red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt


Preparation:

  1. Cut all the florets off of the broccoli stalks (save for your next salad or juice them).  Place in a medium size bowl and cover with hot water to slightly blanch and soften.  Allow the broccoli to sit while you make the sauce.
  2. Chop the red pepper into chunks then add to a blender with the almond milk and lemon juice.  Blend until the pepper is broken down nicely.  If you blend everything at once the red pepper won’t break down fully.  I speak from experience. :)
  3. Add the cashews, hemp seeds, red chili pepper flakes and salt and again blend until smooth.  Continue blending until all the grittiness is gone.  Before adding in the remaining ingredients, test the soup for texture.
  4. Add the nutritional yeast and broccoli and blend again.  You could hold back some of the florets and put them in at the end if you want a chunkier texture.  Doing it in stages like this helps you to get the smooth consistency without over-heating it.
  5. Serve!  This soup can be eaten chilled, at room temp, warmed in the dehydrator at 118 degrees for 1 hour or heated in a pan (if being raw isn’t a factor).
  6. Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge.

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19 thoughts on “Spicy Broccoli Cheese Soup

  1. Jasmine says:

    This looks delicious. Love your site!

  2. Chris says:

    About how many cups does this soup make? It looks delicious!!!!

    • amie-sue says:

      There you go Chris, keeping me on my toes!! Roughly 6-8 cups… I am really working on getting that info, I promise. haha

  3. Nancy Arnold says:

    Just saw your email after I sent mine to you so I printed the Broccoli Soup recipe. Looks good. I’ll try it. Looking forward to seeing more. Gotta get juicing! Nancy

  4. Anne says:

    So many recipes call for cashews and my husband is super allergic to them. In general is there a nut that I can substitute that will get roughly the same texture and creaminess? I’ve tried almonds in some recipes and it works okay.

    Thanks for all your great works of art!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Anne,

      Good question… obviously it all depends on the recipe but referring to this soup recipe I would try replacing the cashews with more hemp seeds, or perhaps avocado or zucchini. Those will give you the creaminess and the healthy fats that helps create the texture as well. The flavor may be altered a bit but it should still be good. Be prepared to taste test as you go and adjust seasonings as you go. I hope this helps, amie sue

  5. Veronika says:

    I just made this soup and it is delicious!!! My fiance even told me to make sure I put it in my recipe book, haha! I love the site and the recipes, thank you Amie-Sue!!!:)

  6. juanita says:

    Just made this soup and it is delicious. Highly recommend it.

  7. Naomi says:

    I am concerned about too much broccoli for my thyroid as I plan out this weeks menus. Must try the brocolli cheese nibblers so for this soup I’d like to sub a different base vegetable. What do you think of celery root, or branch? Do you have any suggestions?
    Thanks Amie Sue!
    Naomi

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Naomi… I understand. I have to watch the same for myself as well. Celery root just might be wonderful. I have 6 of them in the fridge as I type this. I love love love juicing them. High in potassium too! You could also use cauliflower but that is in the same family of veggies as the broccoli goes… or even zucchini. If you use zucchini, I would scoop the seeds out so it doesn’t add much liquid, but that is a preference thing. Or even just using 1/2 broccoli and 1/2 zucchini. The main thing is that you don’t want to use a veggie that won’t compliment the cheesy flavor so I would start with those for some ideas. Let me know if you try it out. Would love to know!! Have a great evening, amie sue

  8. minnie says:

    do the hemp seeds need to be soaked?

    • amie-sue says:

      No Minnie, I don’t soak hemp seeds. From the research that I have done Hempseeds contain no phytic acid. Have a great evening, amie sue

  9. tricia says:

    Amie Sue, I love your website. I just whipped up my coconut oil/Four Thieves mix I use for body cream already. What a great idea to whip it! Makes it ever so light! Hopefully it will hold without being in a jar with a tight fitting lid. I set covers on the glasses I put them in, so here’s hoping. Either way I can whip it up again if need be. I am also anxious to try your Eggless Egg Salad. You have some great sounding recipes. Thank you so much for sharing so freely. I discovered you sight accidently while searching for a Vegan smokey cheddar cheese recipe. Going to make your Gouda cheese recipe. Sounds delicious! Thanks again Amie Sue and many Blessings to you as well.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Tricia,

      I just love whipping the coconut oil up, don’t you?! It doesn’t get fluffy soft but it stays softer than it normally would and that is a welcomed benefit. :)

      Thank you for all the sweet words and I am thrilled that you found my site. I hope you continue to find more recipes throughout that bring you excitement and joy. Please do keep in touch and let me know if I can help you if needed. Blessings, amie sue

  10. Amie Sue, I just found out about you from my Herbal Legacy Newsletter, thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to try your recipes.
    I also hope I can change my diet for health reason. it’s not easy to change after so many years of the normal diet.
    But my body is craving for better health and now my journey begins.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Pamela,

      So nice to have you here. :) I have faith that you can change your diet… take it nice and easy, one recipe at a time, one meal at a time. :) The more you nurture yourself, the more it will crave healthier foods. I hope that my site brings you great encouragement and inspiration. I am here to cheer you on! Blessings, amie sue

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