Thursday, November 02, 2006

Carrot Soup

Whenever I make this, people always ask for the recipe. It is really yummy, cheap to make, easy to double (or triple), freezes well and is good for you! What more could you ever ask for? I am putting it here so that next time someone asks, they can just come here to get it.

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.


Carrot Soup
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
4 peppercorns
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.

7 comments:

anyone for my pumkpin bisque? said...

Honey.

Oh
sweet
girl.

No one ever, ever asked for that recipe.

(They ask for my granola one, though, all the time and they all think it's way better without heating up the honey blah blah blah...)

freud said...

pumkpin?

That's God for you.

Just when I was thinking I was all funny...

misha said...

oooooh! Can't wait to try this. It look delish!

andi said...

Mish, I asked for your butternut squash bisque recipe once...

Kari, this looks super yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Kari said...

I see I'm going to have to start moderating my comments to make sure no jerky hate mail gets through.

Kari said...

It isn't BETTER heating the honey, just EASIER.
: P

Betsy said...

Made it! Or rather, Todd did, and it's super yummy! Especially on these rainy, windy days.