Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cashew Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe
This deliciously creamy vegan mushroom soup is so rich it may get mistaken for classic cream of mushroom soup made with dairy. But there’s no dairy here! The creaminess in this soup comes from cashew cream. If you are looking for an easy, dairy-free cream of mushroom substitute for casseroles, pasta, or just a bowl of warmth and comfort, this is your recipe!
1 cup Natural Grocers® Brand Bulk Cashew Pieces
2 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Plant Based Buttery Spread or Sticks
1 pound organic mushrooms, (button or cremini), sliced
1⁄2 medium organic onion, (yellow, white, or red), diced
2 organic garlic cloves
4 cups organic vegetable broth
Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic seasonings
1 teaspoon Thyme Leaf
1 teaspoon Rosemary Leaf
1⁄2 teaspoon Oregano Leaf
  Real Salt and Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  Optional, for serving: vegan Parmesan cheese, Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Red Chili Flakes, fresh organic thyme, crusty bread

1. Place the cashews in a bowl and cover with water (about ¼-inch above the cashews); leave to soak.

2. Place a large pot over medium-high heat, add the plant-based butter and sauté the mushrooms and onion, stirring every minute or so, until the onion is translucent and the mushrooms are beginning to brown, 5-6 minutes.

3. Mince the garlic and add to the onion and mushrooms, sauté for another 2 minutes, stirring regularly.

4. Add the vegetable broth, stir to combine, bring to a boil, and immediately reduce heat to low. Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

5. Drain and rinse the cashews and add them to a blender with half a cup of water and the herbs (thyme, rosemary, and oregano). Blend until smooth and creamy.

6. Add the cashew cream to the soup pot, stir to combine, and let simmer for an additional 10 minutes. You can also use an immersion blender to pulse-blend the mushrooms into smaller pieces for a smoother consistency.

7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately. If desired, top with vegan Parmesan cheese and minced thyme and serve with crusty bread.

Recommended Beverage: Wine

Recommended Style: Pinot Noir

Recommended Brand: Cooper Hill