At my office, I was the sole person who didn't rave about what a delicious soup this is, when someone recently said how much they love Carrot-Ginger Soup. You see, I've never tried it. Yes, t'is true. So I decided to do a little internet research and I realized that this soup is very easy to make. An idea was born! I gambled that if I roasted the carrots, first, that I just might kick up the flavor a notch or two! I decided that I wouldn't peel the carrots. Why bother? I'm going to puree them anyway, and don't the experts say that's where most of the nutrients are? Sounds good, but truth be told-- it was less work, and I liked that. So, here we go:
But, I'm making soup... Carrot-Ginger, to be specific.
Dried ginger doesn't compare to freshly grated ginger. I love it!
my own chicken stock, but I'm out of it for now. I always keep a reserve of quality chicken broth on hand, so I grabbed a 1-Quart box. (You can easily replace this recipe with vegetable stock.) I added the roasted carrots into the pot and half of the chicken stock. I brought the soup to a light simmer and then I used my immersion blender to puree the vegetables together. NOTE: If you are using a blender, then you will need to puree this in batches. Be very careful to put a towel on the lid of the blender, so you don't have an accident. Personally, I recommend buying an immersion blender. It will make your life a lot easier, if you love pureed soups as much as we do!
VERDICT: Speaking for my husband, he asked me what was in the soup. He said it had delicious flavor, but he questioned if it was really carrot soup. He said it was sweet, creamy and flavorful. He ate two bowls, as did I. This is guilt-free soup, because it's creamy without any kind of heavy cream added. The balance of ginger was very subtle. The natural sweetness of the carrots was the star, but you could taste a mild heat of the ginger as you swallowed. But there was a second miracle-- my son, who has inherited my picky palate when I was his age-- he ate two bowls. He loved it.
So, miracles can happen when someone makes a decision to overcome childhood aversions. Do you have a picky carrot eater? Give this a try! Let them guess what's in it. Maybe you'll change your mind. I did!
Rain is forecast for this weekend, so I have more soups to come!