Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup
- 1 cup diced onion (about ½ onion, diced)
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon + 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (divided,optional)
- ½ cup raw cashews (soaked for a few hours, if you’re not using a high-speed blender)
- ½ cup water
- 4½ cups stewed tomatoes (about three 14.5 ounce cans)
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1½ teaspoon dried basil (or a few tablespoons of fresh, if you have it)
- ¾ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
In a pan, saute onion and garlic in 1 teaspoon olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes, just until they are soft and fragrant.
Place cashews and water in blender. Blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until the mixture is fairly smooth and creamy. If you need more liquid, add a cup or two of your stewed tomatoes and blend again until all the cashew pieces have disappeared.
Add your sauteed onion/garlic and remaining stewed tomatoes to blender and blend until smooth.Pour blender contents into a saucepan on medium to medium-high heat. As soup begins to simmer, stir frequently to prevent lumpiness and burning. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes, or until soup color has darkened slightly.
Add remaining ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil, coconut milk, granulated sugar, dried basil, and salt to your saucepan.
Taste for salt and serve immediately–preferably with hot grilled vegan cheese sandwiches
Creamy tomato soup is an antidote for whatever ails us. In my opinion it is WAY better than chicken noodle soup. Most prepared tomato soups contain too many added ingredients that aren’t necessarily good for us: oils, sugars, salt, etc. This recipe brings all the flavor and deliciousness of tomato soup without the “bad” stuff. Of course its wonderful paired with our fabulous vegan, gluten free grilled cheese sandwich but it’s delicious with just about ANYTHING!
Health Benefits of Ingredients:
Tomatoes: Where do I start? Lycopene for prostate health, skin cancer prevention. Intake of tomatoes has long been linked to heart health. Fresh tomatoes and tomato extracts have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. In addition, tomato extracts have been shown to help prevent unwanted clumping together of platelet cells in the blood – a factor that is especially important in lowering risk of heart problems like atherosclerosis. As our knowledge of unique tomato phytonutrients expands, we are likely to learn more about the unique role played by tomatoes in support of heart health. Tomatoes are also likely to rise further and further toward the top of the list as heart healthy.
Onion: The phytochemicals in onions help improve immunity, reduce inflammation and heal infections. Chromium, assists in regulating blood sugar, Raw onion lowers the production of bad cholesterol (LDL), thus keeping your heart healthy. A powerful compound called quercetin in onions is known to play a significant role in preventing cancer.. Onions scavenge free radicals, thereby reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers.
Garlic: Helps Fight Off Viruses and Bacterial Infections, Helps Cleanse The Body of Heavy Metals, Strengthens Bones, Helps Maintain Healthy Cognitive Function Lengthens Lifespan, Lowers Blood Pressure, Helps Reduce Cholesterol, Used By Athletes to Perform Better, Cheap and Easy to Cook With. High Nutrient Content!
Cashews: Lower Risk of Weight Gain, Help Prevent Gallstones, Contain Heart-Protective Monounsaturated Fats along with many other health benefits.