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
raw (ie, not roasted or salted) cashews
vegetable stock, plus more to taste
broccoli, cut up (florets and stems - peel off any woody skin)
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.