Broccoli and Cheese Soup


The secret ingredient in this soup is nutritional yeast. This health food store staple has a nutty, fermented flavor that works as a cheese booster in recipes, or can be used to replace cheese altogether in vegan dishes. Try adding 1 to 2 Tbs. nutritional yeast to cream sauces and cheese fillings.

  • 1-cup servingServings


  • 2 bunches broccoli, trimmed and coarsely chopped (2 1/2 lb.)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese


1. Coat 3-qt. saucepan with cooking spray. Cook onion in saucepan over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add broccoli, vegetable broth, and 2 cups water, and bring to boil. Stir in nutritional yeast, cumin, and nutmeg; reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, 20 minutes, or until broccoli is tender.

2. Working in batches, purée soup in food processor until smooth. Return to saucepan. Stir in half-and-half, and heat over low heat until hot. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Sprinkle each serving with 1 Tbs. cheese.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 8
  • Calories: 96
  • Carbohydrate Content: 14 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 5 mg
  • Fat Content: 2 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 422 mg
  • Sugar Content: 4 g