Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Broccoli and Cashew Soup

I've just started getting a fruit and veg box from Abel and Cole and it is probably the most exciting thing ever. I love vegetables and I love getting post, so getting vegetables delivered to my door is amazing. I've been wanting to sign up for ages, but just couldn't commit, then we got an offer through work and I thought why not! I really enjoy getting a variety of different veg as it's making me cook a lot of different meals. This week I got loads of Broccoli in my box so I decided to make some soup. When I think of Broccoli soup, I immediately think of stilton, but I tried to make Broccoli and stilton soup once upon a time and it was horrendous, it put me off of stilton for about a year. So I decided to go for a vegan option instead, adding the cashews makes it cheesy and creamy as well as a bit more substantial so it makes a great light lunch that will keep you going until the end of the day (I struggle with this, I get extremely hungry by home time and it makes me really angry, ask Mr Hef).

Serves 2:

100g raw cashew nuts
1 large head of broccoli, chopped in to florets
A little olive oil
1 small onion chopped
1 clove of garlic minced
Salt and pepper
500ml vegetable stock (I liked to use the water from the steamer pan, it's all green and lovely from the broccoli)

  1. Start by soaking your cashews in water for at least an hour. 
  2. Pop the broccoli in to a steamer and steam for around 20-30 minutes or until nice and tender. 
  3. When the broccoli is nearing tenderness, cook the onion in a little oil until translucent, then add the garlic a cook for a further few minutes. 
  4. Add the broccoli to the pan with the onion and garlic and cook for a few more minutes. 
  5. Drain the cashews and pop them in a blender with 100ml of the vegetable stock and blend until smooth. 
  6. Add the broccoli, onion and garlic to the blender with the rest of the stock and give it a good old blitz. 
  7. Pour it back in to the pan, heat up, serve up (with some lemon if you want) and enjoy!


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