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Cashew Cream of Broccoli Soup

 

Today we’re talking cream. Allow me to share a story.

Once upon a time, when I used to wear pointy high-heeled boots and pretend to be a grown-up with a real job for a great big advertising agency, I was never shy about taking advantage of the perks. Perks included having a DVD club as a client and getting to order all the movies I wanted and expense it (hence my ownership of The OC season one. Dirty Dancing, Ultimate Edition and The John Hugh’s Collection) and taking clients to concerts in the company’s private box.

Wow did I thank my lucky Outlook Express stars when an email came through from my client requesting to see Prince in the corporate box. Oh, joy oh bliss, those 5:30-on-Friday-total-campaign-overhaul revisions were paying off.

And so I went to the concert with a few clients, and a few peeps I worked with, including the company president.

To make a long story short, we all went to the concert and six years later, all I remember from the show was Prince’s white shoes and the part where the president of the company was right behind me busting out his best sex-simulating dance moves and singing at the top of his lungs every single word to the song “Cream”.

What does this have to do with the recipe? Absolutely nothing except for the use of the word ‘cream’.  I will share that blending nuts and seeds into things like soups and salad dressings is an awesome way to make foods incredibly creamy, without using dairy or soy.

 

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Cashew Cream of Broccoli Soup


  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 5 cups of broccoli (use the stalks too!)
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 6 cups water
  • sea salt and cayenne to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop up all the veggies and throw them in a pot.
  2. Add 5 cups of water (or more if needed to cover the veggies)
  3. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until broccoli stalks and carrots are tender
  4. In a blender, blend together cashews with 1 cup of water
  5. Add cashew blend to the soup, stir around.
  6. Blend soup together in a blender or with a hand-held until smooth and creamy.
  • Category: Soup

13 responses to “Cashew Cream of Broccoli Soup”

  1. nadia says:

    I will definitely have to try this one. I have been craving a really good cream of mushroom soup. could I do the same but swap the broccoli for mushrooms? ciao!

  2. Vanessa says:

    Mmm… sounds yum! I sometimes use a bit of coconut milk to make things creamier, too, but I think cashew probably gives it way more flavour.

  3. Jayme says:

    Oooooo Cream of Cashew Tomato is always heavenly!!!!

  4. Andrea Palen says:

    Oooh.. Meghan this sounds delicious.
    Thanks for the dinner plan! :)

  5. Riah says:

    Hi there,

    I just came across your blog and am interested in your recent vegan challenge. I’ve been vegetarian for 20 years and am feeling more drawn to vegan. However I cannot eat nuts or seeds due to allergy. This has always put me off trying vegan, thinking my diet would become unbalanced. Do you have any thoughts on this? I don’t want to take supplements as I feel all nutrients should be supplied from our food. I’m very healthy so know I’m getting everything I need currently. I eat a lot of yogurt (actually I think I’m addicted to the stuff LOL!) So I’m looking for guidance and reassurance really. Giving up yogurt would cut a lot of protein and fat from my diet; I’m underweight; always have been, so don’t want to lose more weight – or get cold!!

  6. Jes says:

    This looks so beautiful and creamy with the cashews–great addition!

  7. Jennifer says:

    This looks delish! And it sounds pretty easy to make too!

  8. Jane says:

    Thanks for the recipe, I’d like to try it but I have a (stupid) question – should I be using raw cashews? I’ve never tried using cashews or any nuts in soup before. Thanks!

  9. Diane Broekhuis says:

    Hi, This sounds delicious, I will certainly try it. I made brocolli/cauliflowersoup and used a chickenbonebroth as a base. i also used the brocollistalks, but my soup tasted very bitter. I thought it was because of the brocollistalks, but now I read that you encourage us to use the stalks, can you tell me why my soup was so very bitter? I used frozen cauliflower.

  10. Kit says:

    This soup look interesting, I’m sure it will taste as good as it look. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Keeliey says:

    I just finished a cream of cashew broccoli soup with pureed raw cashews, onions, tons of garlic cloves, chardonnay, coconut cream, broccoli and white pepper and salt. OMG, OMG!! Ain’t vegan living just heavenly?

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