Vegan Cheeseburger Soup
Vegan Cheeseburger Soup is plant-based, oil-free, and packed with protein, nutrition, and FLAVOR! This hearty soup is not only healthy, but oh-so-satisfying and tasty.
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Soup base/cheese sauce
medium gold potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2” pieces (about 2 cups)
carrots, chopped into 1/2” pieces, (about 1 1/2 cups)
red lentils, rinsed in fine-mesh strainer
rolled oats (not quick oats)
garlic gloves, peeled
water, vegetable broth, or vegan beef broth
light miso paste
apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
salt, plus more to taste
Vegan Ground Beef (the "burger meat")
raw pepitas (pumpkin seedor walnuts
sun-dried tomato strips (dry-packed)
large white onion, diced
head cauliflower (about 2 cups florets)
cremini or baby portobello mushrooms
garlic cloves, peeled
Steak sauce or vegan worcestershire sauce
chopped red onion or scallions (grilled or raw)
vegan bacon bits
Make the Cheese Sauce/Soup Base
In a large soup pot, add potatoes, carrots, red lentils, oats, garlic, and cashews.
Cover with 4 cups of water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
Cook for 10 minutes or until lentils and veggies are soft.
Remove to a blender and set aside.Return soup pot to the stove (don’t worry about cleaning it out).
Make the “vegan ground beef"
In a large food processor, pulse the pepitas and sun-dried tomatoes until a finely crumbled and no large pieces remain. Do not puree into a paste. Set aside.
Using the shredding attachment, shred the onion, cauliflower, mushrooms, and garlic.
Heat the soup pot to medium-high, and add the shredded vegetables.
Sauté the vegetables until cooked throughout and no moisture remains in the pot.
Reduce heat to medium and add the pepita/sun-dried tomato mixture.
Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring to combine.
Add the steak sauce and soy sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
Turn off heat.
Assemble the soup
Add the nutritional yeast, miso, vinegar, and salt to the blender.
Puree the cheese sauce until smooth and creamy.
Pour the cheese sauce into the soup pot and stir to combine with the vegan ground beef mixture.
Add 2 cups of water or vegetable broth and stir to combine.
Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer until warmed through.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with desired toppings.