Vegan Ramp Vichyssoise is velvety, creamy goodness to warm the tummy on a cold Spring day or evening
I like to make my Ramp Vichyssoise with Spring-gathered ramps and early-harvested red onions.
In this photo chopped ramp stems with just a bit of the lower leaves, and a Spring red onion compose the flavor base
Ramp Vichyssoise is a vegan/vegetarian soup but may be made mainstream or "flexitarian" with a few swap outs.
Recipe: Ramp Vichyssoise (Serves 4)
*indicates flexitarian substitutions in parenthesis, if desired.
3/4's to 1 cup chopped ramp stems, plus just the bottom part of the green leaves
1/4 cup chopped white and red parts of spring red onions (greens may be used chopped as a garnish)
1 TBS each *vegan butter and olive oil (sub 1 TBS real butter with the olive oil)
1 large russet potato, peeled and diced
1 -1/2 cups *chicken-style vegan or vegetable broth (sub in chicken broth)
1 cup water
1/2 *cup raw cashew halves, soaked for about and hour (sub one cup heavy cream and 1 cup regular milk)
2 TBS *arrowroot ( delete for flex adaption)
1 cup additional water
Salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkle paprika for a garnish
Add the butter/oil combo to a large sauce pot. When the butter is melted add the chopped ramps and spring onion. Saute until tender and limp but not brown. Add the chicken-style or veggie broth. Add the diced potatoes and bring to a low boil. Lower heat, cover pot and simmer about 35 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
While the soup simmers, rinse and drain the cashew halves. In a blender add 1 cup water plus the 2 TBS arrowroot. Whirl this up until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
Using a potato masher, mash about half the potatoes leaving some chunky bits.
*Shake up and add the cashew mixture to the soup. Add the one cup additional water. Mix and heat over medium until the soup thickens. Add a bit of extra water if the soup is too thick.
Taste, and adjust salt and paper, as desired. Sprinkle with Paprika, if desired.
Flexitarians may add one cup of heavy cream and 1 cup milk to the semi-mashed potato mixture, heat through.Taste and adjust salt and pepper to season and a bit of paprika as a garnish.
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