frayed_11 (frayed_11) wrote in vegancooking,

Vegan cream of mushroom soup

Hi everyone. I'm a vegetarian rather than vegan, but have recently been branching out into trying some vegan dishes - so I present to you my vegan cream of mushroom soup! It uses cashew nuts instead of cream to add the creaminess without overpowering the mushroom's subtle flavour.

You can check out a couple of photos at my blog post about it here - the rest of my blog is vegetarian rather than vegan, but if you click the 'vegan' tag, there are a few other vegan recipes on there too :)

I'm sure that using cashews in creamy soups is nothing new to a lot of you, but I was pretty excited to learn the trick - it's a lot better for you than using a load of cream anyway. Does anyone have any other suggestions for a vegan dish that I can use cashews in? (I have most of a pack left over, and don't really like eating them on their own!)

(mods: I'm new here, so if I've done anything wrong, please let me know and I'll be only too happy to change it!)

Serves 2
1/2 an onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
20g vegan butter or 1tbsp sunflower oil
400g mushrooms, sliced
1 stock cube, made up with 500ml boiling water
Black pepper
30g raw, unsalted cashew nuts
4tbsp water
In a large saucepan, melt the butter and gently soften the onion and garlic over a low heat. After a few minutes, add the mushrooms and continue to cook slowly.
Meanwhile, add the cashew nuts and water to a blender, and process until smooth and creamy.
Add the stock to the mushrooms, and season with black pepper. Cook for a few more minutes.
Add the mushroom mix to the blender with the cashew cream, and blend into a smooth soup. Serve with crusty bread.

Tags: -appliances-blenders, -blogs, nuts-cashews, soups-broth based, soups-creamy
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