23 February 2011

Roasted Carrot Apple Soup

I almost made it through the cold season without more than an allergy-induced sniffle and the normal headaches, but alas, illness finally struck. Despite crawling sneakily upon me over the span of nearly a full week, the sickness was at its worst--primarily involving a migraine, congestion, and mild cough--for only a day. Of course, soup was in order--all day, in fact, beginning and ending with some form of miso soup, with a sweet-savory, mildly-spiced carrot and apple concoction for lunch. Here's how I made it, should you like to try it for yourselves.

Roasted Carrot Apple Soup (printer-friendly version)
Yields 4 to 6 servings

6 medium-sized carrots, cut into large chunks
2 leeks, cleaned thoroughly, white parts chopped
1 tsp dried thyme, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c water
2 c vegetable broth
2 medium-sized, sweet-tart apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 (1/4-in thick) piece fresh ginger, peeled and slightly crushed
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Generous pinch red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper, to taste
Green onion, sliced, to garnish (optional)
Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C. Place carrot chunks in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, ½ tsp thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 45 minutes, or until the carrots are tender and beginning to caramelize. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium-low flame or heat setting. Add leeks and saute until softened. Add garlic and saute an additional minute, until fragrant. Add water, broth, apples, ginger, cumin, red pepper flakes, and bay leaf. Increase to medium-high heat and bring contents of the pot to a boil. Add the roasted carrots and reduce heat so that the soup simmers steadily. Cook for a few minutes to soften the carrots further, then remove from heat. Remove bay leaf, puree the soup with an immersion blender (regular stand blender is fine), then heat over low until the soup is hot. Garnish with sliced green onion and enjoy hot!
I'm glad to be back to my relatively healthy self, which will hopefully mean more posting here. A cookie review is ahead, so stay tuned!

5 comments:

  1. Looks delish. Glad you're feeling better. Sorry you were under the weather. No fun!

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  2. I feel like I could eat the whole pot of this soup!

    YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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  3. Glad to hear you're all better! The soup looks delicious, perfect for the super cold weather lately. :-)

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  4. Glad to hear you're all better! The soup looks delicious, perfect for the super cold weather lately. :-)

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  5. Looks delish. Glad you're feeling better. Sorry you were under the weather. No fun!

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