FOOD! Tomato-Cashew Soup

This is a recipe I found in an old cookbook, one that was given to me as a gift for my birthday while in college.  I no longer have the book (all non-essentials went by the wayside when I left Santa Barbara to move to New Orleans) but I had (thankfully) posted this recipe to my old blog.  It’s very, very simple, but really satisfying and flavorful.  I like to eat it at room temp, making it perfect for lunch at work, as I often bring in my lunch and forget to transfer it to the refrigerator upon arrival!
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1 cup cashews, soak overnight (better raw cashews, but definitely unsalted- buy in bulk at grocery/co-op)
1 teaspoon chopped onion
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 quart (I use two 14.5-oz cans) canned tomatoes
3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
dash oregano
dash basil

Combine all ingredients in a pot, heat just until boiling. Blend in blender to desired consistency (I like to leave the cashews in bigger chunks, but soup is good if pureed also).

Let me know what you think!

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