Indy Power: Vegan cream of Tomato Soup
A deliciously creamy – yes, creamy – vegan tomato soup.
Cream of Tomato Soup
All of the creaminess, none of the cream. This vegan cream of tomato soup is velvety and rich, and heaven with some homemade croutons piled on top.
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Serves 4. Vegan
2 garlic cloves
2 spring onions, top green parts only, thinly sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
250ml oat milk
250ml oat cream
Sea salt and pepper
5g fresh dill
Dice the shallots; mince the garlic. Slice the green parts of the spring onions (keep the whites for something else).
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots, spring onions and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3-4 minutes, until softened.
Pour the tinned tomatoes, oat milk and oat cream into the pot and bring it up to a simmer.
Season generously with sea salt and pepper and reduce the heat to very low. Cook for about 15 minutes on this low heat; you don't want it to bubble too much.
Finely chop a handful of dill, stir into the soup and serve.
Homemade croutons are having a moment in my kitchen. I've been making them so much lately. They're quick and easy to make and the best way to use up a few slices of bread on the turn. My favourite way to make them is really simple: preheat the oven to 170°C, slice some sourdough into cubes, and toss them in a large bowl with some olive oil, salt and pepper, dried oregano and a sprinkling of nutritional yeast for a bit of a "cheesy" flavour. Spread them out on a roasting tray and bake them for 10-15 minutes until crunchy. Serve them tossed through your summer salads or piled on top of a bowl of soup like this.
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