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Dairy Free Broccoli Cheese Soup (Gluten Free)

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We made one of our favorite soups allergy friendly! Our dairy free Broccoli Cheese Soup is also gluten free and soy free and has an easy vegan option. This soup tastes amazing with chopped bacon added to it as well!

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When you eat dairy free, there are just some foods that you really miss and that aren’t available much of anywhere and sometimes hard to make on your own. Broccoli cheese soup is one of those foods for us!

I’ve been dairy free for years, but just now have gotten around to making a great dairy free version of broccoli cheddar soup! I was trying to come up with dinner one night and my daughter suggested it.

It was pretty quick to make (about 30 minutes), used basic ingredients we already had in the house, and everyone loved it.

Our version of broccoli cheese soup is dairy free and gluten free, but still thick and creamy, and is amazing on a cold night with some warm allergy friendly bread (Kim and Jake’s bread would be perfect!).

Our dairy free broccoli cheddar soup is:

  • Dairy free
  • Gluten free
  • Vegan option
  • Soy free (depending on the type of dairy free cheese you use)
  • Peanut free
  • Tree nut free (unless you count coconut as a tree nut, we don’t)
close up photo of allergy friendly broccoli cheese soup in a dark colored bowl

How to make dairy free broccoli cheese soup

While this soup has several steps, it comes together in about 30 minutes and isn’t very hard to make.

Here are the steps for making this recipe (the recipe card is at the end of the post):

  1. First, prepare the broccoli (we roast the broccoli for this soup for extra flavor!).
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and spray or brush some oil on a cookie sheet or baking pan.
  3. Wash the broccoli and cut into 1 inch florets. Toss the florets with the olive oil and some salt and pepper.
  4. Spread out onto the oiled cookie sheet and roast in the oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir the broccoli around turning them over, then return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
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While the broccoli is cooking, start making the soup base:

  1. Add the chicken (or vegetable) broth to a large soup pot and cook over medium heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the canned coconut milk, corn starch, yeast flakes, and seasonings.
  3. Add the coconut milk mixture to the broth and whisk in. Lower the heat slightly to medium-low and simmer, stirring regularly to promote even thickening and to prevent scorching on the bottom.
  4. Add the dairy free shredded cheddar cheese to the soup and whisk in. It will take a few minutes for it to melt completely and distribute into the soup. At first it will just stick to the whisk, just keep whisking and stirring until it stops sticking to the whisk and it’s melted into the soup.
  5. Once the broccoli is done cooking, allow it to cool a bit until you can handle it, then chop the broccoli and add to the soup.
  6. Simmer the soup (still stirring regularly) until it reaches the thickness you like (it will likely already be thick enough by the time you add the broccoli). This soup will also thicken as it cools.

Serve this broccoli cheddar soup hot with a sprinkle of dairy free cheese on top and allergy friendly bread (toasted rolls are great with this!).

The first time we tested this recipe, we added some chopped bacon to our broccoli soup and it was incredible! If you’re not vegan, I highly recommend adding some chopped nitrate-free bacon to this soup for a extra flavor and protein. It’s amazing!!

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Tips for making our dairy free broccoli cheddar soup

Another reason we recommend stirring this regularly is that, like many foods that are thickened with cornstarch, it will form a kind of skin on top of the soup that you’ll want to keep whisked in before it gets too thick.

This is totally normal, and very common for foods thickened with cornstarch (like homemade pudding). If you don’t stir this in regularly it can create lumps when you do finally stir it in after a while.

Even as it’s cooling, it’s a good idea to give it a stir regularly to help with this.

We tried this recipe with both Daiya dairy free cheddar and the Follow Your Heart shreds and they both worked great! For this recipe, use whatever dairy free cheddar cheese you prefer. The cheddar (along with the nutritional yeast) gives this dairy free broccoli cheese soup that nice golden color.

bowl of dairy free broccoli cheese soup and bread

If you’ve been around our blog a bit, you might notice that we use cajun or Creole seasoning in pretty much everything as an all-purpose seasoning. We use Tony Chachere’s, but this brand has a wheat cross contamination warning, so if you have celiac disease, pick a brand that is made in a dedicated gluten free facility such as A Cajun Life brand.

Serve our allergy friendly broccoli cheddar soup with some of our cracker or bread recipes:

Dairy Free Broccoli Cheese Soup (Gluten Free)

We made one of our favorite soups allergy friendly! Our dairy free Broccoli Cheese Soup is also gluten free and soy free and has an easy vegan option. This soup tastes amazing with chopped bacon added to it as well!
Dairy free, gluten free, vegan option. Free of: eggs, soy, peanuts, sesame, tree nuts
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Soups
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free broccoli cheese soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 222kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with some spray oil and set aside.
  • Wash broccoli and cut into about 1 inch florets. Toss with the olive oil and some salt and pepper.
  • Spread out onto the oiled cookie sheet and roast in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Stir the broccoli, then return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
  • While the broccoli is cooking, add the broth to a large soup pot and cook over medium heat.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the canned coconut milk, corn starch, yeast flakes, and seasonings.
  • Add the coconut milk mixture to the broth and whisk in. Lower the heat slightly to medium-low and simmer, stirring this regularly to promote even thickening and to prevent scorching on the bottom.
  • Add the dairy free shredded cheddar cheese to the soup and whisk in. It will take a few minutes for it to melt completely and distribute into the soup. Keep whisking and stirring until it stops sticking to the whisk.
  • Once the broccoli is done cooking, allow to cool for about 5 minutes then chop the broccoli on a cutting board and add to the soup pot.
  • Simmer the soup (still stirring regularly) until it reaches the thickness you like. This soup will thicken as it cools.
  • Serve hot with a sprinkle of dairy free shredded cheese on top and allergy friendly bread.
  • We added chopped bacon to our broccoli cheese soup one of the times we made this and it turns out delicious!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 407IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg
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