Cashew nuts as a thickener
I discovered this trick some time ago when I made vegan mushroom soup.vegan mushroom soup (< click for recipe). When cashews are blended they can add a wonderful creaminess so you don’t have to add any dairy which makes this soup a lovely vegan dish. If you’re not a fan, you can leave them out.
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- 1 pound zucchini cut into small chunks
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small shallot, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, grated or finely chopped
- 1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
- 1 bay leaf
- 2/3 cup raw cashew nuts
- 4 cups vegetable stock, plus more if need to thin the soup
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- Basil oil for garnish, optional
- To a large saucepan, add the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the zucchini and a pinch of salt and pepper, sauté for about 3 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the shallot and sauté until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute being careful not to burn the garlic.
- Add the potato, bay leaf, cashews, stock, basil and another pinch of salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes until the zucchini is softened. Remove the bay leaf.
- If you have an immersion blender, blend the soup in the pan. If not transfer in batches to a blender. Add more stock if the soup is too thick. Taste for seasoning.
- Serve into bowls and drizzle with the basil oil.
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 162 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 487mg Carbohydrates: 11g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Protein: 4g