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Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup with Cashew Cream


 Homemade tomato soup is a treasure, especially when it’s made with roasted tomatoes. The sweetness of tomatoes gives the soup a deep, rich flavor that’s nothing like canned soup. If tomatoes aren’t in season and you’re really craving tomato soup, canned San Marzano tomatoes are a good choice. While this recipe is vegan and uses cashew cream, feel free to substitute coconut milk, light cream, sour cream or Greek yogurt instead. You’ll need to adjust it to taste. Soups are very forgiving so don’t worry about exact measurements. You can also cut this recipe in half if you’d like.


Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup with Cashew Cream



5 pounds of tomatoes

2 large cippolini or other onions

10 cloves of garlic

Olive oil

Vegetable stock as needed

12 teaspoons Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract

2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg

Lemon juice to taste

Salt and pepper

Soy sauce (optional)

Cashew Cream

1/2 cup raw or roasted cashews



Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Soak cashews in water for at least two hours or overnight.

Core tomatoes, peel onions and garlic cloves, and place in a large baking dish.* Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes, etc. and place in preheated oven. Roast until tomatoes are completely soft, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool.

Run tomato mixture through a food processor or blender in batches, thinning as necessary with soup stock. Sieve through medium-fine sieve to remove skins, pressing the mixture to get out the maximum amount of tomato pulp.

Add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, lemon juice, salt and pepper and/or soy sauce. I like soy sauce as it gives a nice depth and richness to the soup. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Put cashews with a small amount of water in blender. Blend on medium speed, adding water as needed, until mixture is the thickness of heavy cream.

Blend 2/3 of the mixture into soup and add more vanilla extract, lemon and other seasonings as needed.

Heat before serving. Add small dollop of cashew cream in each bowl and sprinkle with chives if desired.

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