Recipe: Hansen’s Café & Store’s tomato cashew soup


The kitchen at Palmerston North’s Hansen’s Café & Store is never quiet – with five families involved in the business, there’s always bakers, baristas and dishwashers on hand to help out. Hansen’s love to celebrate homegrown and healthy, and this Tomato Cashew Soup (adapted from a Revive Café recipe) is a local favourite.

Recipe supplied by: Hansen’s Café & Store Photos: Jane Ussher

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons rice bran oil
2 large brown onions, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
2 small carrots or 1 large, chopped
4 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
1½ cups hot water
2 teaspoons mixed dried herbs
1-2 teaspoons salt to taste
1-3 tablespoons honey to taste
1½ cup cashews
1 cup cold water

TO GARNISH
Basil leaves
½ cup cashews, chopped and oven or
Pan-roasted with oil and salt until golden (optional)

METHOD
Sauté the onions in oil for a few minutes, then add garlic. Add celery, carrots, tinned tomatoes, water, herbs and most of the salt and honey. Bring to boil then reduce and simmer for at least half an hour, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Soup can be simmered for up to 2 hours to enhance the flavour. Blend until smooth with a stick blender.

Roughly chop cashews and blitz with cold water until smooth. (A stick blender and a small narrow container works best for this.) Stir cashew cream into soup, then taste for seasonings.  Add more salt or honey as needed.

To serve, garnish with basil leaves and an optional sprinkling of roasted cashews. Serves 8.

Insiders Guide

This is an extract from the 2018 edition of the Insider’s Guide to New Zealand. It’s in stores now, or online here.

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