While the boys played I whipped up this carrot ginger soup yesterday for dinner. Michael was late getting home, saw the pot sitting on the stove, peered in and looked very skeptical. He stuck a finger into the cold soup to taste it and still didn't look convinced. After I warmed it up and swirled in the yogurt, he said it tasted great and polished off two bowls, as did our six-year-old. I really like how light it is. Use the freshest, juiciest carrots you can find because they will give the soup so much more flavor.
The recipe comes from Entertaining Simple by Matthew Mead. The book helps beginning hosts plan several basic types of parties (brunch, cocktail, summer barbecue, holiday open house, coffee house, etc.) and comes complete with menus, recipes, and serving and decorating suggestions. This ginger carrot soup recipe is part of the brunch party menu. A weekend brunch is one of my favorite types of parties to host because it is such a casual, relaxing time. Comfort foods rule the menu and it's generally easy prep work.
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[Updated November 23, 2009.]
Carrot Ginger Soup
- 5 or 6-quart pot with lid
- immersion (stick) blender or regular blender
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 large yellow onion (chopped)
- ¼ cup peeled grated fresh ginger
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 7 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1½ pounds carrots (very fresh, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon curry powder
- salt (to taste)
- fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
- plain yogurt (or heavy cream)
- snipped chives
- chopped parsley
- In the pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, ginger, and garlic and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the stock, wine, and carrots. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer uncovered about 45 minutes, until the carrots are very tender.
- Puree the soup in the pot using the immersion blender or use a regular blender. If using a regular blender you may have to do it in batches.
- Season with the lemon juice and curry powder. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and swirl in a spoonful of yogurt or cream. Top with a sprinkle of chives or parsley and serve.