2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried thyme
28-oz can tomatoes (ideally packed in juice)
1 cup water
¼ cup raw cashews
salt and black pepper to taste
Chop onion and garlic – if you want to use your Vitamix for this, cut onion into quarters and remove skin, then drop into Vitamix while running it at speed 4. You can drop the garlic clove in as well. Heat a medium-large pot on medium-high, add the oil, then sauté the onion and garlic. After a few minutes, add the oregano and thyme. Once the onions start to turn translucent, add the tomatoes and water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
Add cashews to blender then pour in soup from pot. Ramp the speed up slowly—in ~5 seconds—then blend at high until very smooth; ~60 seconds. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Garnish with extra-virgin olive oil and ground black pepper, or with a fresh herb of your choice.
For a thicker soup, you can also add a slice of bread along with the tomatoes.