Apr 10
2016

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (Dairy-free, Low Carb, Low Sugar!)

in Fruits & Vegetables, Soup & Stew

Dairy-free Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Squirrel and Bug are both huge tomato addicts.  I also adore tomatoes, but when I was pregnant with them I craved them like nothing else.  I’ve always wondered if the copious amounts of tomatoes I consumed during pregnancy had any influence on their love of the fruit.  Their love of tomatoes also translates into a love of tomato soup.  I teamed up with a group of bloggers to provide a collection of low carb/low sugar recipes that use a blender to go along with a huge giveaway (featuring BLENDTEC!), and I immediately thought of making a tomato soup for my dish.  (The other blogger recipes and giveaway details can be found after the recipe!)  But I wanted to make a super thick, rich, and creamy tomato soup that was also dairy free.

I decided to start by making a cashew cream, which couldn’t be easier.  Plus it’s super convenient because if you keep a bunch of raw cashews in the freezer, you can whip up a batch of this cream with almost zero work!  All you have to do is soak the raw cashews in some boiling water, then drain them and put them into a blender with some fresh water and blend until smooth!

Making cashew cream

At this point you can just add the rest of the ingredients (except for the basil!) to the blender and blend until you have a smooth puree.

Making creamy tomato basil soup

Then transfer the soup to a pot with some roughly chopped basil and heat it until it’s steaming!  I like to garnish it with some additional fresh basil, to add color.  This soup is nice and thick and creamy, but if you want it thinner, just add some vegetable broth to the blender.

Vegan Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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Makes about 6 servings

Ingredients:
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 cup boiling water
1 cup warm water
2 (15-ounce) cans diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cloves garlic
1/2 small shallot
1 bunch fresh basil, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper
Garnish: 1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into chiffonade (thinly sliced into ribbons)

Directions:
1. Put the raw cashews in a medium-size glass bowl and pour one cup of boiling water over them. Cover them with a dishtowel and let them soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

2. Drain the cashews, then put them in a blender with one cup of warm water and blend until smooth and creamy.

3. Add the cans of fire roasted tomatoes, the tomato paste, shallot, and garlic cloves to the blender and blend everything together until pureed.

4. Transfer the soup to a medium saucepan, add the roughly chopped basil and heat the soup over medium heat until steaming, but don’t let the soup boil (it ruins the fresh flavor!).

5. Taste the soup and add salt and pepper to taste, then pour the soup into bowls and garnish with the basil that you cut into chiffonade.  Serve immediately

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9 Delicious Low Sugar/Low Carb Recipes Made in A BlenderCreamy Tomato Basil Soup (Dairy-free!) / La Fuji Mama
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Ginny May April 10, 2016 at 6:29 am

Not from the US. Does anyone know if fire-roasted tomatoes are the same sort of thing as sun-dried tomatoes?

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Ginny May April 10, 2016 at 6:57 am

As a follow-up to my last comment, I thought you might be amused to learn that I looked on Amazon to see if I could find diced fire-roasted tomatoes on there(you can often get unfamiliar ingredients on Amazon). Sure enough, there they were – but at a cost of £41.23 per tin and £245.13 postage. At today’s conversion rate that’s $404.51

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) April 11, 2016 at 4:55 pm

I’m assuming you saw what they are when you looked them up on Amazon, right? Just canned chopped tomatoes in juice that were fire-roasted before they were canned! You can substitute regular canned tomatoes and add something like smoked paprika for that extra smokey flavor.

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Ginny May April 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Thanks, Rachel, yes I did. Not sundried tomatoes at all. I thought using smoked sea salt for seasoning might work, with ordinary chopped tomatoes, too.

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) April 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

Sounds perfect!



Rach's Recipes April 11, 2016 at 1:35 am

I love the fact that this is a dairy free tomato basil soup. It’s always been my go-to comfort food and it’s great to see a healthy recipe. Looking forward to making this. Can you recommend low-carb breads that I can eat this with? Thank you.

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) April 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

Thank you! Depending on how low-carb you want the bread to be and whether or not you want to buy it or make it, here are some ideas!

-Ezekial Flax prouted Whole Grain Bread (14 total carbs and 4 grams of fiber per slice): http://www.foodforlife.com/product/breads/ezekiel-49-flax-sprouted-whole-grain-bread

-Udi’s Gluten-Free Millet Chia Bread (24 grams total carbs and 5 grams of fiber for 2 slices): http://udisglutenfree.com/products/millet-chia-bread/

-Low Carb Bun for One: I haven’t made this, but I have a friend who loves this recipe! http://freerangecookies.com/2013/03/06/low-carb-bun-for-one/

-Against All Grain’s Blender Bed Recipe, love this one! http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/blender-bread-recipe-from-against-all-grain-53064521

I hope that helps!

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Jen April 12, 2016 at 12:28 pm

This looks delicious!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) April 13, 2016 at 9:48 am

Thanks Jen!

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Kate | HappyForks.com April 13, 2016 at 11:25 am

I am sure your children are not the only ones to love you for this soup! All vegans now love you too! And I totally understand a passion for tomatoes – in the season I can’t get enough. Maybe it’s because tomatoes contain significant amount of lycopene – a powerful compound that makes you look younger. LOL. By the way, do you think using pre soaked regular cashews (the dry ones) will make huge difference?

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Jess April 15, 2016 at 10:04 am

This looks incredible! Definitely a spring soup coming my way this weekend.

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