Non-dairy people rejoice!!! This is a DELICIOUS cream of broccoli soup recipe WITHOUT THE CREAM…well in the traditional sense anyway. I saw the following pin on Pinterest for a cream of broccoli soup recipe.
Oh my goodness, did this look delicious! I don’t avoid dairy per say, but I have a lot of friends that are sensitive to it, and it got me to thinking about those people. The recipe this pin links to has milk and butter in it, and if you are a non-dairy person, or just attempt to avoid dairy, that is a no-no. So, I decided to get creative and figure out a way to have this delicious soup, without the cream, but still creamy…you get my drift?
Well, I ended up making a cashew “cream” that totally made this soup creamlessly creamy! I think this soup can be described in one word…YUM! So let’s get to it!
CREAM OF BROCCOLI SOUP (WITHOUT THE CREAM)
- 3/4 – 1 cup cashews
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
- 1 chopped chopped carrots
- 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
- 7-8 cups broccoli
- 4 cups water plus 1 cup water
- sea salt, to taste
1.) Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add the cashews, remove from heat, and allow to soak for 15-30 minutes.
2.) After the cashews have soaked for 15-30 minutes, drain the water, and place the cashews in a food processor with 1 cup of water. Process on high until completely smooth with no lumps. Set the cashew cream aside.
3.) In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, cook for 5 minutes. Add the celery and carrots. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add the broccoli and garlic granules.
4.) Add 4 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are very tender.
5.) Transfer the soup to a food processor. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your processor. Process on high until smooth.
6.) Add in the cashew cream, leaving a little bit to stir into each individual serving for presentation. Season with sea salt, to taste.
7.) Transfer to bowls. Add a bit of cashew cream to each bowl, and gently stir the cream in to give it a swirly look.
You’re going to LOVE this stuff – even if you aren’t dairy free, this stuff is amazing! Enjoy! 🙂