How to Fix Bland Broccoli Cheese Soup (& Oil Free Broccoli Soup Recipe)

Broccoli cheese soup can go off track and become rather tasteless, so it’s important to know how to fix bland broccoli cheese soup, in case this ever happens to you.

Or maybe it’s already happened? If so, don’t stress.

It’s quite an easy mistake to make – until you get a few broccoli-tricks up your sleeve that is, and the good news is that is doesn’t need to ever happen again.

Because in this post we’re not only going to talk about how to fix a bland broccoli cheese soup, but also how to cook the perfect tasting broccoli cheese soup.

A bowl of broccoli soup with parsley and vegan cream on top,demonstrating how to fix bland broccoli soup
Delicious broccoli cheese soup with vegan cream and fresh parsley

Why is My Broccoli Soup Tasteless?

Hey I know, I hear you.

You started out thinking about that the delicious tang of tasty broccoli was going to give you a to-die-for soup flavour. So you put all your love into it, cooked the broccoli, maybe added some other veggies, only to find that you’ve now got a bland bowl of green nothingness on your hands.

Or was it worse?

Well don’t worry, we’re going to fix that. But it’s easier to avoid it from happening than it is to fix of course.

So why does this happen?

Well there’s a few things you should know about broccoli:

Broccoli . . .

  • loses almost all flavour when overcooked
  • can become bitter when overcooked
  • has a mild flavour, so works best without other additional flavours
  • needs plenty of salt for a tasty broccoli soup
  • is best eaten while still bright green in colour
  • is delicious when cooked just right

If you bear all those things in mind, your broccoli soup-making-skills will get better.

But what if you’ve already got a broccoli soup that’s tasteless? Then what can you do?

How to Fix a Bland Broccoli Cheese Soup

First, you’ll need to taste the soup so that you know what your starting point is.

Once you’ve really checked out its flavour, you can go on to decide what will help your soup to taste better. Of course it will depend on what you put in the original recipe, so not everything in this list will be an option.

In fact, not all of these are meant to be an option, because they’re an either/or option. Don’t go adding all these things to your bland soup. Instead, based on the taste, choose which flavour might give your soup a kick of flavour.

And remember, once you’re at the stage of saving a soup, you may have to let it mutate into a new soup, rather than aiming for your original plan. It all depends where the problem lies.

If it’s a case of lacking salt or nutritional yeast for example, that can be corrected without mutating the soup into something else.

But if the broccoli’s overcooked and lost all flavour, the soup may need more drastic alterations and you may have to forget about a pure broccoli soup and opt for a broccoli-coconut soup for example.

Often a simple blandness can be corrected by adding extra salt. You’d be surprised by how much salt is needed to bring out the flavour of broccoli in soup.

How to Fix Bland Broccoli Cheese Soup if it Just Lacks Flavour

There are plenty of options for what to add. But which one you choose will depend on you doing the taste test. It’s a case of taste, tweak, taste, tweak and so on.

Here’s how to tweak the flavour of a tasteless broccoli soup without actually changing the premise of the soup. Minor changes . . .

Things you can add to help bring the flavour back to life in a bland broccoli soup . . .

  • salt
  • nutritional yeast
  • dried herbs such as parsley
  • chilli powder
  • soy sauce and/or ketjap manis
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • unsweetened plant milk
  • coconut milk
  • apple vinegar
Bowl of broccoli cheese soup with cream and parsley
Broccoli cheese soup with a swirl of vegan cream, delicious.

How to Thicken a Broccoli Soup that’s too Thin (without using flour)

If you’ve made a broccoli soup but over diluted it, only to find that it’s now too thin, there are a few ways you can thicken it up.

You can . . .

  • add some mashed potato
  • add handful of uncooked rice and cook for 20 minutes
  • a cupful of uncooked pasta (small shape for soup)
  • pour in a cup of creamy coconut milk
  • use some extra nutritional yeast
  • add some cashew nut cream
  • use a jar of ready-cooked beans and add them to the soup, partially mashing them to thicken up your broccoli soup

How to Make an Easy Vegan Creamy Broccoli Soup Taste Great every Time

If you follow these tips you should get delicious broccoli soup every time.

Time and time again!

  • avoid overcooking the broccoli (its colour is a great indication – keep it green)
  • fry the broccoli with the garlic and onions for a few minutes before adding any water to the pan (about 4-5 minutes)
  • as opposed to some soups, broccoli soup tastes best when blended immediately, so as soon everything’s soft enough to blend, get that stick blender working
  • avoid adding lots of other flavours to the soup, broccoli soup does best when the broccoli’s on its own, or with just onion and garlic

Easiest Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe (gluten free & oil free)

You know I like to make simple recipes and this broccoli soup is no exception. And in this case, much like with green pea soup, less is actually more.

Why? Because broccoli has a mild flavour and you don’t want to over-power it with a mix of other ingredients which will make you lose the broccoli flavour.

Well you can of course, but then it becomes an ‘other things‘ soup rather than pure broccoli flavour.

So don’t feel guilty when you skip over all the other ingredients you’d been thinking of adding.

So without further ado, how do you make an easy, tasty, vegan broccoli soup that’s gluten free, oil free and delicious?

Easy Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup – Just 5 Ingredients

All you’ll need for this soup is . . .

  • 2 heads of broccoli, washed and cut into small florets, including the stems, peeled & sliced
  • 1 large white Spanish onion (or equivalent) sliced into half rings and then quartered
  • 1 baking sized potato, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup plant milk
  • salt & pepper
  • fresh parsley & vegan cream for garnish

How to Make Simple Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup that’s Tasty Every Time

Heat 1/8 cup water in the bottom of a saucepan and add the crushed garlic followed (after about 1 minute) by the quartered onion rings. Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt, stir and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes.

Wait for the water to evaporate and the onions begin to ‘fry’ on the bottom of the pan. The bottom of the pan will begin to go a little brown. Keep an eye on it to make sure the pan doesn’t burn, and stir occasionally.

At this point, add the broccoli florets, stir into the onion & garlic mix and leave to cook for another 9-10 minutes. You may need to add a dash more water to stop the pan from burning and to allow the veggies to ‘fry’ without sticking.

When the broccoli’s cooked but still a lively green, add the cubed potato and pour in enough water to just cover the broccoli/potato mix. You can cover the pan with a lid to help stop evaporation, but it isn’t essential.

As soon as the potato cubes are soft through, use a slotted spoon to remove some of the broccoli florets, potato cubes and onion from the pan. Set them aside for adding back to the finished soup.

Use a stick blender to really blend the remaining soup well.

Once it’s finely blended, add 1 cup of unsweetened plant milk (I use unsweetened, organic, non-GMO soy milk) and 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast.

Blend again to get the final consistency.

Check the seasoning and add more salt if it’s not completely wonderful! Salt does wonders to broccoli soup.

Finally, put the reserved broccoli, potato and onion pieces back into the soup and season with fresh black pepper.

Serve with a sprinkle of fresh green parsley and a swirl of plant based cream on top.

Other Vegan Oil Free Soups You May Like

Alternative Options for Making a Tasty Broccoli Soup

Bowl of creamy broccoli cheese soup
Blended broccoli cheese soup

If you prefer a cream-of-broccoli soup without any bits in it, you can blend everything without reserving any broccoli florets.

Serve the blended broccoli cheese soup with fresh parsley and an optional swirl of vegan cream on top.

Personally, I prefer the chunky version pictured below.

Bowl of broccoli cheese soup with some broccoli florets left whole
Leave some broccoli florets and potato cubes whole to reintroduce into the soup

Easy Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

Serving Size:
4
Time:
30 mins
Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 broccoli heads cut into small florets
  • 1 large white onion sliced into half rings
  • 1 baking sized potato
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • salt and black pepper
  • fresh parsley & vegan cream for topping (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat 1/8 cup of water in a sauce pan.
  2. And the onion and garlic and sprinkle with salt. Fry in water for about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli heads and cook for another 8-9 mins or until tender but still green. If necessary add another dash of water to the pan.
  4. Add the potato cubes and stir the mix.
  5. Cover with water, add more salt and cook for another 10 minutes, until the potatoes are soft.
  6. Remove some broccoli florets, potato cubes and onion rings for adding back to the blended soup.
  7. Blend the soup and add 1 cup of plant milk and 1/2 cup nutritional yeast.
  8. Reintroduce the previously removed broccoli, potato and onion rings
  9. Serve with a swirl of cashew cream on top and some fresh parsley sprinkled on top

General Tips for Making Broccoli Soup

Here are some general tips for making a perfect broccoli soup every time.

How to Cook the Actual Broccoli for Broccoli Soup

Don’t boil the broccoli to death. That’s the biggest game changer for a great broccoli soup or bland, boring broccoli soup. Broccoli doesn’t like to be overcooked even when in a soup.

Either toss the broccoli in the frying pan or roast it in the oven before adding any water to it.

What to Add for Creaminess in Broccoli Soup

You can add plant milk, coconut milk or cashew cream to make the soup extra creamy.

You can also leave the soup without any, but the result will be much less creamy.

Seasoning Broccoli Soup

Season the broccoli soup with plenty of salt (do the taste check and add more) and freshly ground black pepper.

What’s Special About Broccoli?

Conclusion on How to Fix a Bland Broccoli Cheese Soup

You can always remedy a soup so that it gets back to being edible. You might not always get it back to the point of being your dream soup, but there’s always next time.

And if you take notice of the peculiarities of broccoli, you shouldn’t have any more trouble making the best tasting broccoli soup ever.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on troubleshooting broccoli cheese soup.

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