This soup is also in memory of my Aunt Deanna. If it weren't for her, I would never ever have tried it since carrots aren't really my favorite thing. But she gave me the cookbook for Christmas one year and also told me I had to try making the carrot soup because it looked so good to her and she loved carrot soup in general. Every time I make it, I think of her.
from the "Pike Place Market Cookbook" by Braiden Rex-Johnson
Makes 6 cups - 8 servings
1/2 cup butter
5 or 6 medium carrots, diced
1 cup chopped celery
1 large onion, chopped
3 medium, very ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
3 or 4 sprigs parsley
1 slice finely ground toast (I usually skip this, just adds texture?)
1 cup boiling water
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 cup tomato juice
Salt to taste
Sour cream and chives or parsley for garnish (Sour cream is a must, the others I skip)
Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven (or stockpot) over low heat, and add carrots, celery, onion and tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to brown. (mine never brown and I do it over medium heat)
Add peppercorns, parsley, toast crumbs and boiling water, cover Dutch oven, and simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes. Remove cover and quickly reduce the remaining liquid, while stirring until it is almost absorbed.
Remove parsley sprigs and puree mixture in a blender, food mill or food processor, hand blender, etc. Return vegetable puree to Dutch oven and add chicken broth and tomato juice. Taste for seasoning and add salt if needed.
Heat soup slowly until mixture is nice and creamy, about 10 or 15 minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of chives or parsley.