This is a perfect cozy soup to get you through the cooler months! It has minimal ingredients, but still has tons of flavour! Roasting the broccoli really makes all the difference. It brings out it’s natural sweetness and gives it a nice toasty flavour! Pro tip: top with crumbled crispy bacon! So good!
I also wanted to make a creamy broccoli soup that didn’t have too many steps and could be easily make on a weeknight. The magic ingredient is really the potatoes. Yep, potatoes. I wanted this soup to be nut free so that my family could also make and enjoy it (3/5 have severe nut allergies.. we didn’t even keep PB in the house growing up). The starchy potatoes, when blended, are what make the soup thick and creamy! Of course, if you want to add a handful of soaked cashews to the blended portion of the soup - go for it! it makes it even more rich tasting!
Another ingredient that I added for “cheesiness” is nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated form of yeast full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients and can be found at most health food store, as well as at places like Bulk Barn and sometimes Superstore. It has a savoury, cheesy/nutty flavour and I personally really enjoy cooking with it. It contains glutamic acid, which can be bothersome for digestion for some (not everyone), so if you know nutritional yeast doesn’t work for you, leave it out! The soup will still be delicious without it.
Creamy "Cheezy" Broccoli Soup