1cupraw cashews, soaked in water for 2 hours then drained(keep a few to the side for garnish)
salt and pepper to taste
7ozgrated low-fat sharp cheddar cheese + additional for garnish
2pcsCooked crumbled baconoptional
Fill a large saucepan with about 1-2" of water. Bring to boil. Place a steamer basket with broccoli and carrots into pan and cover. Let steam for 5 minutes then remove promptly.
In a medium skillet, saute the onion & garlic in 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil and set aside.
In Ninja pitcher, place soaked cashews and 1 cup broth. Select speed 1 and process til smooth.
Add steamed vegetables and remaining ingredients, except cheese, to the cashew broth. Select speed 3 and blend together, increasing slowly to 5 until smooth. Transfer soup to the large saucepan, add cheese, then heat until cheese is melted and soup is hot and bubbly.
Serve garnished with a sprinkling of cheese, a few cashews and some crumbled bacon.
If using other style blenders, just puree at high speed until soup is smooth.