The most luscious tomato soup out there! Delicious, creamy, rich tomato bisque that is dairy-free, oil-free and comes together in less than an hour!
If there is one food at the very top of my list that I love to eat above all things, it would be soup. I am the type of person who could eat soup every single day of the year, whether it's freezing outside or burning up in the middle of summer. I love holding a warm bowl of soup in my hands, sitting on the couch and savoring every single bite. It's so simple, yet something I enjoy immensely. This vegan tomato bisque is a new favorite.
One thing I don't enjoy, is long drawn out recipes, especially when I'm starving. The majority of my recipes are super simple and rather quick. Some require a bit more time, like my Smoky White Bean Potato Stew and the super popular Spicy BBQ Lentil Loaf. Sometimes, the extra time require is necessary for a particular recipe. But during the week, and most days, I need things quick. I have a very busy schedule and a 4 year old with me, literally, 24/7, so I need simple recipes.
So, when I was reminiscing about the Tomato Bisque I used to devour back in my pre-vegan days, I wanted it immediately. But a big ohhhhh nooo did I feel like fooling around with running to the store to buy tomatoes and more importantly, fiddling around with roasting them and that extra time involved. So, this amazing Lazy Day Vegan Tomato Bisque was born.
Oh Lordy, get ready to add this to your favorites...because even though it's super simple and ready in less than an hour, it's so darn delicious, I nearly ate the whole pot myself. I served it with some broiled bread and OMG, it was as enjoyable to me as eating chocolate, for real. I love tomato soup. I love the tangy bite from the tomatoes and the creaminess and slight sweetness that balances out the tangy tomatoes. You would never believe that it is dairy-free and oil-free. It's just like I remembered.
So, to create that creaminess and slight sweetness that a truly good tomato bisque has, I used a teensy bit of pure maple syrup and cashew butter! Yes, cashew butter is the miracle worker again. In case you don't know what I'm referring to, check out my 20 Minute Vegan Alfredo. That has shot right up to being one of the most popular recipes I've ever written. I hope all of you are keeping cashew butter on hand now, right?
This recipe is ridiculously easy, you simply chop up some onion, 3 carrots and some garlic and throw everything into the pot and let it cook. Then blend it until creamy and serve. That's it. Couldn't be easier. I also have a little tip for you, if you don't already do this. I buy bags of onions, then chop them all up, measure them all out each by 1 cup and keep them stored separately in ziplock bags (1 cup in each bag) in the freezer for quick dinner time. So, for this soup I just grabbed a baggy and threw it in my pot. So, all I had to do was the carrots and garlic, which just took like 3 minutes. From start to finish, it is all ready in less than an hour.
While it's cooking, slice up some bread and broil it and you are good to go. I was in such a happy place eating all of this.
So, enough talking, here's the recipe. As always, I LOVE to hear from you below, so after you make it, please leave feedback below on the blog, so it's tied to the recipe. It means so much to me. If you take a pic, I'd love to see it as well. You can tag me on Instagram @thevegan8 using my tag #thevegan8, so it saves to my page and I don't miss it! Hope you all love this Lazy Day Vegan Tomato Bisque!
- 1 cup packed finely chopped yellow onion (140 g)
- 3 long carrots, peeled and thinly sliced in rounds (140 g, should be about 1 cup sliced)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (8 g, 3-4 large cloves)
- 3 cups (720 g) tomato puree/sauce (I buy mine in a glass jar and it has a little added salt, that's it. I wouldn't suggest the metal canned tomato sauce b/c they have a yucky metallic flavor)
- 2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
- ½ tablespoon dried Italian herbs blend (found in the spice isle, make sure it is red pepper-free, or the soup will be spicy)
- salt & pepper (1 teaspoon fine sea salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper)
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup raw cashew butter (I make my own here)
- optional, but recommended: bread for toasting and dipping
- Note: If you are allergic to cashews, then I would suggest adding ½ cup cooked/mashed gold potato instead at the end when blending. I would ONLY suggest this if allergic, as the cashew butter is what makes this soup so darn creamy and amazing. It's not going to be quite the same with the potato, nor have that slight sweetness, so you may need extra syrup if you go the potato route. I have not tested it with the potato, so please let me know if you try it!
- Add all of the ingredients, except the cashew butter to a pot. Stir well and turn to high heat. Bring it to a boil and once it starts boiling, stir once more and then cover with a lid and turn the heat down to medium-low. Let it cook covered on medium-low for 25-30 minutes until the carrots are very soft. Stir a couple of times during and to check on the carrots.
- Once the carrots are tender, turn the heat off. Very carefully pour the soup into a blender, it's HOT! (I used my Vitamix) and add the cashew butter. Blend on high until completely smooth and creamy. Taste and add anymore salt or dried herbs. Mine didn't need anymore salt because my tomato puree already had mild salt. Feel free to adjust.
- Pour into bowls. I liked to add extra dried herbs and freshly ground black pepper on top and serve it with toasted bread. I simply sliced some bread and broiled it and that's it. Enjoy!