Yield : 4 litres
Ahhh soup. I make this whenever I want to get a lot of green goodness into my body. It's a broccoli soup with green peas to add a touch of sweetness and some spinach to amp up the green goodness. I add raw cashews and nutritional yeast to give it that cheezy richness I want in a broccoli soup. Honestly I've been eating my way through the batch of brownies I made a few days ago...they are deadly good. I've been heating them up and enjoying with a scoop of vegan ice cream (search chocolate chunk brownies on my blog...seriously good) ughh...this is why I can't keep treats in the house...and because it's social distancing isolation time I have no one to share with! It's ok I'll eat all of the chocolate and then get back on track...starting with this soup!
A Note On Raw Cashews
If raw cashews are new to you, they are used a lot in different vegan recipes. Pureed into hot chocolate, or to make rich tasting coffee based drinks, also the base for a variety of vegan cheese recipes. They key to using them is to soak them first. This allows them to soften and blend in smoothly without any detectible bits. Usually I'll soak them in water for at least a few hours, but for this recipe I just pour boiling water over top while I start the recipe and let it sit. They get added into a hot soup and I'm able to get a silky smooth texture just by blending a lot.
Raw cashews have a mild buttery flavour compared to their roasted counter parts. The idea isn't for the dish to taste like cashews, but to provide richness, a vegan alternative to using dairy products. I usually buy mine from the Bulk Barn and I always store my nuts and seeds in cloth bags in the freezer. Nothing worse than having to toss out expensive nuts because they went rancid sitting in the cupboard!!
How To Eat This Soup
With a vegan grilled cheese on the side!! Or maybe some crusty bread and vegan butter. The garlic panko crumbs I use to garnish my bolognese is a delicious garnish. (I use these everywhere for fun toasty crunch) Just 1 cup of panko crumbs, 3 tbsp olive oil & a clove or two of garlic minced. Stir it all together in a pan over medium heat until golden.
Hope everyone is staying as happy and healthy as possible right now.
1/4 veg oil
1 large onion, diced (330g)
1 head garlic, chopped
1 celery stalk, diced (75 g)
1 large carrot, diced (100g)
couple pinches red pepper flakes
2 small bunches of broccoli (900g), stalks peeled, and everything cut into big chunks
3 cups frozen peas
a couple big handfuls of baby spinach
10 cups veg stock (preferably home made)
1.5 cups nutritional yeast
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp curry powder
1 cup of raw cashews, soaked
1 tbsp lemon juice
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