I try to save my dairy for really good cheese, but that doesn't mean I don't like a nice, rich cream-of-whatever soup once in a while. Soaked cashews blend up nicely and give this broccoli soup a velvety texture. —MeghanVK
What You'll Need
raw (ie, not roasted or salted) cashews
vegetable stock, plus more to taste
broccoli, cut up (florets and stems - peel off any woody skin)
thyme leaves, off the stem
Cover the cashews with water and set aside to soak for at least an hour (ideally overnight).
Heat the vegetable stock in a large pot over high heat until boiling, and drop in the broccoli. Let it simmer until very tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the thyme leaves and turn off the heat.
Carefully transfer the broccoli to a blender and liquefy until completely smooth. Drain the cashews and add to the blender: liquefy again. Add more stock if the soup is too thick, and blend even further - I like mine viscous to the point of porridge, but you may not. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Serve warm.