Monday, February 8, 2010

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

This Christmas, my step-mom came through for me in the gift-giving department. She got me an immersion blender .

As you might have noticed, I'm a big fan of soup. For all these years, I've been scooping my soup out of the pot and pureeing it in my regular blender. I watched the Food Network and coveted the immersion blenders of the stars. (I guess I never really thought about going over to the store and buying one for myself!)

Now, I no longer need to covet my neighbor's small appliances. I have my own. And, yes, you can make this soup with a regular blender , but the immersion blender is so much fun!

Although not called for in the recipe, if you have some yummy Daiya cheese (vegan, soy-free cheese) on hand, go ahead and toss that into the hot soup before blending, if you so desire.

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Makes 6 servings

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 stalk of celery, diced (It's ok if it has leaves.)
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 onion, diced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 baking potato, peeled and diced
1 bunch of broccoli (enough to make 4 cups chopped)
2 vegan gluten-free bullion cubes
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups rice milk
fresh-ground pepper to taste
salt, if using salt-free bullion cubes otherwise omit the salt
optional: Daiya cheddar shreds

In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium-high flame.
Add celery, carrot, onion and garlic.
Saute until softened, about 3 minutes.
While vegetables are cooking, cut off the ends of the broccoli stalks.
Peel the remaining stalks with a vegetable peeler, and chop the broccoli from flower to stem.
Add the potato and broccoli to the vegetables. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add bullion, water and rice milk.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until softened.
Blend soup with immersion blender or blend in blender.

Happy Cooking!

This recipe was shared with Allergy Free Wednesday.
My new book,  Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.

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