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Vegan Broccoli Cheese Dumpling Soup

Coming at you with the coziest Vegan Broccoli Cheese Dumpling Soup that is perfect for a chilly January day! Flavorful broccoli soup, creamy cashew cheese, and fluffy dumplings that taste like delicious soft drop biscuits. It’s actual heaven! This is the soup you want to cuddle up on the couch with and watch a good movie.

My inspiration for this recipe:

I was scrolling Pinterest and saw a post from Half Baked Harvest that caught my attention. Broccoli Cheddar Soup meets Chicken & Dumplings! WHAT?? I had to veganize it as soon as possible. I took a lot of inspiration from her recipe to create this vegan broccoli cheese dumpling soup. In replace of the milk and cheddar cheese, I used cashew cream and nutritional yeast. It’s a delicious replacement and worked magically. Her dumplings sound delicious but I went with my own recipe and they came out incredibly fluffy and soft. Magic. If you love “Chicken” & Dumplings and Broccoli Cheese Soup, you must try this!

Let’s break it down:

This vegan broccoli cheese dumpling soup is very simple to put together! Start by cooking up some onions, carrots, broccoli stalks. The broccoli stalks add flavor and cuts down on waste! Highly recommend saving all your broccoli stalks and grating them to add to salads, soups, or stir-fry. Next we will add in the broccoli, vegetable stock or no-chicken stock, bay leaves, and thyme. Once the broccoli is soft, blend about 3/4 of the soup. I then like to add in 1 more cup of broccoli before adding the dumplings. The dumplings come together in just a few ingredients and then cook right on top of your soup! It’s a very simple yet tasty recipe.

If you love this recipe:

If you’re interested in a broccoli cheese soup sans the dumplings, here is a recipe! It happens to be one of my first recipes on this blog ever. And as always, if you make this recipe, tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see your delicious re-creations and feature them! As always, I would greatly appreciate if you share your review in the comments below. Don’t forget to add if you made any fun substitutions. Thank you!

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Dumpling Soup

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Broccoli Cheese Soup

  • 2 TBSP Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 a Sweet Onion, minced
  • 2 Large Carrots, grated
  • 2 Broccoli Stalks, grated
  • 4 cups Broccoli, divided
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 TSP Dried Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 6 Cups Vegetable Broth, or better than bouillon no-chicken broth
  • Cashew Cream

  • 3/4 cup Cashews, soaked or boiled
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/4 TSP Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes, optional
  • Dumplings

  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 TBSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Avocado Oil, or neutral oil
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk, I used almond
  • 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions

    Make the Cashew Cream:

  1. Boil cashews for 20 minutes or soak overnight.
  2. Add cashews to a blender along with the water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Start the Soup:

  4. Add the oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. Mince the onion and cook for 5-7 minutes or until soft. Grate the carrots and the broccoli stems. Add to the pot and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes. Add in minced garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Toss in 3 of the 4 cups of broccoli, bay leaves, thyme, salt, pepper, and the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Make the Dumplings:

  7. When measuring flour be sure to spoon the flour in to a measuring cup instead of packing it in the cup. This will result in a fluffier dumpling. Whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  8. Mix together the non-dairy milk and the apple cider vinegar. It should curdle. Add the wet mixture and the oil to the dry mixture and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Cover and set aside for about 10 minutes. The dough should be soft and sticky.
  9. Finish it up:

  10. Blend 3/4 of the soup by carefully transferring it to a blender (in batches) or use an immersion blender. Return to pot and add in the last cup of broccoli and the cashew cream. Bring back to a simmer.
  11. Add spoonfuls of the dumpling dough to the soup. Cover and cook for 18 minutes. Take off lid and serve! Top with shredded vegan cheese if desired.
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