A creamy, paprika-laced red bell pepper bisque such as this is just begging for a dollop of herby pesto on top, but feel free to serve it plain if you prefer.


  • 2 medium red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, soaked for 2 to 4 hours and drained
  • 1/4 cup cashews, soaked for 2 to 4 hours and drained
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno or serrano pepper, stemmed and seeded (optional)
  • 1 cup Almond Milk (preferably unsweetened)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 small or Vi large ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 4 tablespoons Basil-Parsley Pesto (optional)


Combine all ingredients except avocado and pesto in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add the avocado and blend again until very smooth.
Make It Raw: Transfer the bisque to a large bowl or container and warm it in the dehydrator for 1 hour before serving. Alternatively, serve the soup at room temperature or chill it in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
Make It Cooked: Transfer the bisque to a medium saucepan and gently warm it on the stove over low heat.
To serve, divide the bisque among 4 shallow bowls. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the pesto in the center of each bowl, if desired.


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Submitted 11/15/15.
Source: Practically Raw by Amber Shea Crawley
Submitted By: b smith

Red Pepper-Pistachio Bisque