Dairy-free Zucchini Corn Chowder
So creamy and satisfying, you would never guess this veggie packed corn chowder is dairy-free. Just 10 ingredients to make!
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or vegan butter
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 ribs celery finely chopped
- 2 medium-size carrots peeled and finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 3 cups finely diced zucchini about 2 medium-to-large
- 4 cups corn about 5 ears or 20oz frozen and defrosted
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ cup raw cashews soaked (see notes)
- fresh basil and smoked paprika for serving optional
In a large pot, warm the oil or butter over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrot then sprinkle with salt. Stir and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Next add the garlic, zucchini, corn and dried herbs. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, blend the soaked (and drained) cashews with 1/2 cup water until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
Pour the broth into the pot and bring to a low boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes, just until the zucchini is tender. It can get mushy fast so make sure not to boil it too high or for too long. Turn off the heat and spoon out 1 cup of the vegetables into a blender. Blend on high until smooth then pour it back into the pot. Lastly, stir in the cashew cream. Taste test to see if you prefer more salt. Add as desired.
Serve warm with fresh ground pepper, smoked paprika and fresh basil for garnish (optional), and enjoy!
To soak cashews, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Remove from heat, add the cashews and allow to soak for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse before adding to the blender. I like to use a NutriBullet as it breaks the down the cashews beautifully and is the perfect size. Alternatively, you could use full fat coconut milk (1/2 cup) in place of the cashew cream. It might be a little sweeter than the cashew version but still creamy and delicious!
Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 740mg | Potassium: 832mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 6062IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg