10-Spice Vegetable Soup
Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free,
refined sugar-free, soy-free
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
This is ultimate comfort food with the creamy cashew broth and loaded with health-boosting spices and veggies.
Try to soak the cashews overnight, or soak for an hour with hot water.
I’ve made this soup many times with soaking the cashews for only 20-30 minutes and it’s always turned out great.
This is a recipe from one of my favorites – http://ohsheglows.com/
Yields 6 servings
• 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked
• 6 cups vegetable broth, divided
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 large cloves garlic, minced
• 2 cups diced sweet onion (about 1 medium)
• 1 heaping cup peeled and chopped carrots (about 3 medium)
• 1 red bell pepper or 1 cup jarred roasted red pepper, chopped
• 1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped sweet potato, regular potato, or butternut squash
• 1 heaping cup chopped celery (about 2 stalks)
• 1 (28-ounce/796-millilitre) can diced tomatoes, with their juices
• 1 to 2 tablespoons Homemade 10-Spice Mix, to taste
• Fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• 2 to 3 cups baby spinach or destemmed torn kale leaves
• 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or other beans, drained and rinsed
Homemade 10-Spice Mix (makes 1/2 cup)
• 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon dried oregano
• 1 tablespoon onion powder
• 1 tablespoon dried basil
• 2 teaspoons dried thyme
• 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
• 1 1/2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
• 1 teaspoon white pepper (optional)
• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1. Place cashews in a bowl and add enough water to cover. Soak the cashews overnight, or for 8 hours. For a quick-soak method, soak the cashews in boiled water for 30 to 60 minutes. Drain and rinse the cashews.
2. In a blender, combine the soaked and drained cashews with 1 cup of vegetable broth and blend on the highest speed until smooth. Set aside.
3. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Season generously with sea salt.
4. Add the carrots, bell pepper, potato, celery, and diced tomatoes with their juices, the remaining 5 cups broth, and 10-Spice Mix. Stir well to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Season with salt and black pepper.
5. Simmer the soup uncovered for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender. Season with salt and black pepper. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, stir in the cashew cream, spinach (or kale), and drained beans. Add more 10-Spice Mix, to taste.
6. To freeze, ladle the soup into containers (leaving 1 inch for expansion), cool completely, secure lid, and place in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.
• If you don’t wish to make the 10-Spice Mix, feel free to use your favorite store-bought Cajun or Creole seasoning mix and add to taste.
• You will have leftover spice blend. Store it in a container and keep it handy anytime you want to spice up a dish! It’s great in pasta sauces, soup, as a tofu seasoning, in a stir-fry, and more.
• When thawed, this soup’s broth looks a bit grainy, but rest assured when it’s heated up again it will return to its former smoothness. Regardless, it’ll taste just as good!