SRC – Broccoli Red Pepper “Cheddar” Chowder

It’s time again for another Secret Recipe Club post.  I was so excited when I was assigned The Mommy Bowl because I am a follower of her blog and we have been leaving comments on each other’s blogs for some time now.  Reading the tagline of Deanna’s blog, “Filled with the gluten-free, dairy-free good stuff,” you know that she and I have A LOT in common.

There were so many great recipes to choose from, but I ultimately decided to make one of her wonderfully nourishing chowder recipes since this season is filled with so many sweets and treats.  I also had all but one of the ingredients (I didn’t have tahini) on hand  for her Broccoli Red Pepper “Cheddar” Chowder, so the decision was made.

I doubled the recipe since I had quite a bit of broccoli in the freezer, eliminated the coconut oil, and substituted cashew butter for tahini, but otherwise I made the recipe as written and it was great.  This chowder served as lunch for me for most of the week.

Thanks Deanna!


1 T. coconut oil (Use water instead to sauté.  Add more if veggies stick)
1 onion, chopped
1 potato, diced
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 1/4 cups gluten-free veggie broth
1 t. whole mustard seed
1/2 t. ground mustard seed
1 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. salt
A few generous grinds of pepper
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 small head broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
2 T. tahini (I used cashew butter)
1 T. lemon juice or more to taste

In a 2 quart kettle, heat the onions, red pepper, potato, mustard seed and cumin. Sauté several minutes until onions begin to soften (add water if the vegetables begin to stick).  Add the garlic.

Add the broth and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Simmer 5 minutes. Add the broccoli and continue to simmer until potatoes are soft and broccoli is tender. Remove from heat.

Using a stick blender or regular blender, puree the soup. If you so desire, you can scoop out a few pieces of broccoli before you puree it. Leave some chunks since this is a chowder, not a cream soup.

Add the nutritional yeast, cashew butter and lemon juice.  Salt and pepper to taste if desired (I didn’t).

For a printable version of this recipe click HERE.


Filed under Gluten Free, Recipes, Secret Recipe Club, Soup, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

14 responses to “SRC – Broccoli Red Pepper “Cheddar” Chowder

  1. Perfect soup for a cold rainy day (which is what is going on here). Great SRC post.
    Happy Holidays!

  2. This looks lovely and satisfying!! Perfect for winter x

  3. Even though I’m not a veggie, I’ll have to try this one day – then maybe I can finally find an excuse to use the mustard seeds in the spice drawer 🙂

  4. This soup looks so yummy. I find that chowders with a bit of nut butter in them as the secret weapon are da bomb!!!!! This looks like a real winner.

  5. Yay! I’m so glad you found something you wanted to make. This is one of our all-time favorite soups.

    As for mustard seeds, we use them all the time around here. They’re great in so many things. Indian food is why I was introduced to them. But, I now use them any time I want that pungent, earthy undertone. And, they seem to add a bit of that umami that you would get from cheese, if you ate dairy. 🙂

  6. Yummy looking Chowder. You got a great blog and picked a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This looks so hearty and I love broccoli.

  8. This is an absolutely beautiful chowder and I can’t wait to try it! : )

  9. Wow, this is a healthy packed, stick to your ribs, kind of chowder. Boohoo, wish I could eat broccoli.

  10. my stomach is growling ferociously after having read this recipe!!! cashew butter looks really good in that photograph, too! nom nom nom! x

  11. what the heck is ‘nutritional yeast’?

    • Definition: Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce. Nutritional yeast is also the only reliable food source of vitamin B12, so if you’re vegan, it’s a good idea to add some to your food regularly. Nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of your health food store. You can look for either nutritional yeast flakes or powder, but be sure you don’t get brewer’s yeast by mistake, as its quite similar in appearance. In Australia and New Zealand, nutritional yeast is also called “savory yeast” or “savory yeast flakes”.

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