Creamy, Cheesy Cauliflower Soup - Dairy free, gluten, grain free, vegan
Well it has taken me a little while, but here is a new recipe, put up for my Mum (Hi Mum) as it has her favourite things in it.
This soup is dairy free, but cheesy, full of nutritious and delicious things, but tastes so decadent and rich, it really is a guilt free indulgence.
20g pine nuts
400ml boiling water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 brown onion, chopped
1 leek, split in half, washed, sliced
1 potato, peeled, cut into chunks
1 stick celery, sliced
about 400g cauliflower florets, for me this was half a medium cauli
4 fat cloves garlic
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
15g chopped parsley and chive
50ml boiling water extra
Pop the cashews and pine nuts into a bowl, cover with the 400ml boiling water, set aside to soak while the soup cooks. Cover the chopped herbs with the additional boiling water, set that aside to steep.
In a medium pot heat the olive oil, add the onion and leek, sauté until translucent, not too hot now, this is a delicate soup, if you burn these allium that will add bitterness which will detract from the final flavour. Add the garlic and celery, cook for one more minute, add the potato, nutritional yeast and cauliflower, cover with water, bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer until everything is tender.
Blend with a stick blender until smooth, purée the nuts in their water, I used my NutriBullet because it gives me a very smooth cream, stir that into the soup, season to taste, decant into bowls.
Purée the herbs in their water to make a bright green and very nutritious drizzle, drizzle that over the top, dust with a little turmeric and there you have it, cheesy, creamy cauliflower soup, you are going to love it!
Just a quick word about nutritional yeast, nutritional yeast is the same yeast as is used to make bread, but the yeast is grown and then killed and processed into a flake or powder. It adds a cheesy flavour and is usually found in the health food section of the supermarket. I like it because it is high in the B vitamins, contains all nine essential amino acids as well as zinc, selenium, manganese and molybdenum. It is also a good source of protein, which can be an issue on a vegan diet.