I really had no idea this was going to be as good as it was, so I have no photo, and no actual recipe… so this is going to be lots of guesstimates 🙂
But this soup was so amazing that it has to be recorded. I’m always hesitant to say “It tastes like [insert name of animal food here]” because I think vegan food is spectacular on its own and should not be compared to animal foods, but sometimes it is helpful in giving people an idea of what it’s like. Today’s soup was like an incredible smoky bacon cheese soup… and it’s made of butternut squash!
This is how it was created:
I started with a small-medium butternut squash (maybe 1 1/2 cups cubed), 1 diced shallot and 1 whole dried chipotle pepper. I put it all into a saucepan with about 4 cups of water, brought it to a boil and then simmered it until the squash was soft.
I took out the pepper and cut off the stem (I’d tossed the whole thing into the pot for cooking to give as much flavor as possible), then put the pepper (seeds and all) and the squash/shallot/water into the vitamix. I added about half a cup of cashews, about 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast, and salt & pepper to taste and blended it all together.
And that’s it! It was so fast, required very little effort on my part, and was truly the best soup I’ve ever had.