We're in the middle of a cold spell. The Polar Vortex is wooshing in and making it quite hard to illustrate or type. I'm wearing a fleece tunic and a knit hat and I'm terribly cold still.
So it's time to make soup!
Carrot Soup is probably one of the simplest soups, but it's warm and delicious, and sometimes you're just too cold for elaborate recipes.
- 1-1.5 lb carrots
- a medium to large white potato
- 4-6 cups of your prefered broth
- an onion
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Peel your potato and carrots, and cut into even pieces, about an inch or so.
- Dice your onion, then saute it in a big pot with olive oil on medium heat.
- When the onion starts to soften, add the thyme.
- When the thyme becomes aromatic, add the carrots and potato, and a little more olive oil.
- Let everything sweat out for 5 minutes, or don't if you're in a hurry.
- Cover with the broth and turn the heat up to Medium High. Cook until fork tender.
- An immersion blender is clutch for this, but you can blend everything in a regular blender as long as you do small batches, holding the lid on with a towel. Or just stick your immersion blender in the pot and blitz til smooth. Add more broth if you want it thinner.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with grilled sandwiches or a good crusty bread.
You can take this super basic recipe and build on it. Instead of Thyme, use a tablespoon of curry, with a spot of coconut milk. Or a thumb's worth of lemongrass and an inch of fresh ginger. Or keep it basic and feed it to someone who has had their wisdom teeth extracted.
I am, of course, speaking from experience with that last idea...