Creamy Vegan Asparagus Soup
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|vegetable cooking spray|
|3 Tbsp||olive oil, extra virgin|
|1 c||onion, chopped|
|3 c||cauliflower, chopped|
|3 c||vegetable broth|
|1 clove||garlic, minced|
|1 pinch||sea salt|
|1 1/2 c||almond milk|
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This recipe is so good, it's hard to believe that it's completely vegan. One thing that I recommend, is to find as thick an almond milk as you can. Otherwise, a non-dairy heavy cream substitute will do (nut based is preferred, as it adds a great rich flavor). I also really love very robust dishes, so I go heavy on things like cumin and garlic. The last spices in the dish are absolutely to taste. I would even play around with the spices to see what you like best :)
Spray a large pasta pot with the cooking spray and add 1 Tbsp. of the olive oil, and slightly brown the oil on medium (this may appear as "burning" the oil, but it is crucial to have this flavor).
When oil has reached a light golden brown color, add the onions and sauté until they are clear. Add a pinch of salt.
Add the cauliflower and sauté for about 5 min., or until slightly tender.
Add 6 spears of chopped asparagus and continue to sauté for another 3 minutes, or until the asparagus is slightly tender.
Add 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth and let simmer on med-low for another 10 min. or so.
Add another cup of broth and return the heat to medium, allowing to simmer while continuously stirring.
Once it appears to have a reduced slightly, remove the mixture from the heat and put into a heat resistant bowl. Allow to cool.
Once the mixture has become room temperature, use a hand-blender or food processor to blend until smooth (with little to no chunks).
Spray a clean pot with more spray and add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil.
Add the garlic and sauté until golden brown.
Add the rest of the asparagus chopped and sauté for about 5 min. or until tender and add the remainder of the vegetable broth.
Add the blended mixture to the pot and allow to simmer on med-low for about 10 min. and add spices to taste.
Turn off the heat and stir in the almond milk. Allow to mix well and then serve.