Broccoli Cashew Soup

2015 January 22

This is not a cooking blog. But I need to start finding a place for all of my recipes. Here is the first of many that will be hanging out here. This is my own recipe. Enjoy!

Adapted from The 3-Day Cleanse

2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour to overnight, then drained
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 heads of broccoli, chopped into bite-size florets
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon whole mustard seeds
fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (if you’d like to keep this vegan, you can simply swap this for vegan Worcestershire sauce)
about 4 cups of water or vegetable stock

Soak raw cashews in water for 1 hour. They’ll soften slightly. Drain.
Boil/steam broccoli until tender in 2 cups of vegetable stock until fork-tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium heat,  add olive oil, and onions. Cook until onions are tender and translucent, with just a bit of brown caramelization starting to happen: about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for one minute more. Add cumin, salt, mustard seed, and black pepper and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, just enough to bring out the fragrance of the spices. Stir in cooked broccoli florets, and any remaining vegetable stock they were steamed in, and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
In a blender, add 1 cup of vegetable stock, half of the softened cashews, and about 1/2 of the broccoli mixture. Blend until smooth, though if it’s a little chunky, that’s good too! Pour blended soup into a large soup pan. Blend the remaining cashews, broccoli, and 1 more cups of vegetable stock. Blend until smooth. Pour into pan. Heat over low heat.  Add worcestershire sauce. Taste and season as necessary. Add water, or additional stock, if you have it, for a thinner consistency.
Serve warm. Soup will last, in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days. This is delicious with homemade Whole Wheat Thyme croutons, or a little dollop of sour cream.

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