Brighten up your summer with this Vegan Corn Chowder. It's super creamy, flavor-packed & satisfying. You'll get a taste of fresh sweet corn in every bite
In a large soup pot, heat oil & butter over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, crushed red pepper, Sauté about 5-7 minutes, or until veggies are tender.
Add wine and turn heat up to medium-high to simmer. Once simmering turn heat back to medium. Cook wine down, about 3-5 minutes. Stir often.
Sprinkle flour over veggies and stir constantly for 1 minute. This will cook off the raw flour taste.
Stir in broth and add potatoes, bay leaves, and salt. Turn heat up again to medium-high to simmer. Once simmering turn heat back to medium and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Discard bay leaves.
Add corn kernels and cook until tender. About 5-8 minutes depending on desired tenderness.
Turn heat to medium low and slowly stir in cashew cream. Taste for seasoning and add more if needed. Cook for 3-4 minutes and remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and fresh cracked pepper.
Using an immersion blender or regular blender, blend some of the soup depending on your desired consistency. I like lots of texture, so I blend less than half the pot. You can skip blending the soup if you prefer a chunkier soup. If you want it thicker (if not blending) mash some of the potatoes on the side of the pot with a fork.
Place in your favorite soup bowls & garnish with fresh green onion. Side with crackers or crispy bread. Enjoy!
*To speed up soaking time for cashews: in a small pot, boil water and remove from heat. Add cashews and cover for 20 minutes, until softened.
*Vegetable Broth: I like to use low sodium broth, so I can control the salt taste. Some broths are too salty and can ruin a good recipe. If you would like to use a regular broth, make sure to cut down the added salt in the recipe. Taste as you go along. Another option is to blend low sodium and regular broth together.
*Wine: not all wine is vegan and may contain egg whites. However, there are many that are vegan. Here is a vegan wine directory.
*Prep time doesn't include soaking time for cashews
* Other topping ideas: paprika, fresh thyme, vegan cheese shreds, crushed red pepper, vegan sour cream, fresh cilantro, fresh parsley.