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Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

With cold-and-flu season in full swing, it's time to cook up a big batch of homemade soup with all of its immune-boosting qualities -- especially if you're making your own vegetable stock! This cream-of-broccoli recipe (adapted from VegNews columnist Allison Rivers Samson's version) will serve up a hearty dose of vegetables with a fraction of the fat that the dairy-heavy version contains -- and we swear won't be able to tell the difference.

See also: - Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday - Split-pea soup to help chase away winter for Meatless Monday - Vegetable barley soup to warm up Meatless Monday

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

You will need:

1 cup raw cashews 8 cups (2 quarts) vegetable broth 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 medium onions 1 medium head cauliflower 1 1/2 bunches broccoli 1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram 1 tablespoon salt freshly ground black pepper to taste

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

1. Start by prepping the veggies -- then everything else will go much quicker. First, rinse the cauliflower and break it into large pieces, placing them in a big bowl.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

2. Then cut the broccoli florets off the stems into bite-sized pieces.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Set the florets aside in another (smaller) bowl.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Use a vegetable peeler to peel the broccoli stems.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Chop up the stems and add them to the bowl with the cauliflower.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

3. Measure the cup of cashews into a blender.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Dry-blend until they are a fine powder.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Add one cup of the vegetable broth to the powdered cashews.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Mix together until you have a smooth cashew cream.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

4. Peel and chop the onions.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

5. Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat and add the olive oil, giving it a minute or two to warm up.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Add the chopped onions, cauliflower and broccoli stems.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Add the marjoram. Stir and cook for five to ten minutes.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

6. Add the remaining seven cups of stock, the cashew cream and the salt. Bring to a boil.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for twenty minutes or so, until the veggies are all tender.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

You should be able to pierce the cauliflower and broccoli stems easily with a fork.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

7. Now use an immersion blender (or get another big pot and blend the soup in batches, moving from one pot to another) and blend the soup until it's a creamy puree.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Lovely.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

8. Return the blended soup to the stovetop and to a simmering heat.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Add the florets of broccoli to the soup.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

Cook for another five to ten minutes, until the florets are tender.

Dairy-free cream of broccoli soup for a warm-up on Meatless Monday

You can use the base recipe with potatoes, mushrooms, corn, asparagus or even extra cauliflower if there's another cream-of-vegetable soup you'd like to veganize. Go nuts!



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