Fast and Easy Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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Someone told me recently about how good the Trader Joe's Organic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup was. This person was a vegan, so I bought the soup without reading the ingredients. After trying it and liking it, I read the carton and saw there was milk in it. So I got out my blender and my cashews and experimented a few times. This result is super easy and tastes amazing! You can also add things to it -- cooked kale or other vegetables, also grated tempeh or other protein. It's a wonderful base for a creative lunch. 

Makes about 5 cups (4 servings) (7-8 cups with add-ins)

Soak cashews in cold water at least 2 hours, or pour boiling water over them, cover, and let them soak 20 minutes. Drain the cashews and rinse under cold water. (You can skip this step if you have a high-speed blender.)

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (whole or pieces)

Place them in a blender with water. Blend for 30 second to several minutes, depending on your blender, until the cashews are completely dissolved.

  • 2 cups cold water

Put the remaining ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth

  • 6 ounces tomato paste

  • 1 cup vegetable broth

  • 1 cup roasted red peppers (from a jar, rinsed)

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Freshly ground black pepper

Put soup in a Dutch oven, bring to a boil, lower and simmer for about 5 minutes until thickened.

Optional to add:

  • Fresh (10 oz.) or frozen spinach (1 package) or 4 cups chopped kale (loosely packed) from 3 very large leaves. Cook in Dutch oven, covered, with 1/4 cup water for 7 minutes (or about 4 minutes in a microwave with a little water)

  • 1 can of chickpeas or, if you have more time, try 8 ounces tempeh, grated, boiled uncovered in 3/4 cup water, 1-2 Tablespoons soy sauce until water and soy sauce are absorbed, about 5 minutes.

Timing: 25 minutes total (if you need to soak the cashews) (10 minutes active)

Nutrition: Whole-food unprocessed; WFPBNO

Per serving (without add-ins): 133 calories; 7g fat; 1g sat. fat; 16g carbs; 1244mg sodium; 3g fiber; 4g protein


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