Creamy Curried Carrot Soup

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Carrots and curry seem made for each other. Throw in a little ginger and you have a great flavor combination. This creamy curried carrot soup has a velvety texture and wonderful spicy heat. It can easily be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth. Cream of coconut could also be substituted for the heavy whipped cream. Or you can leave the cream out all together. This soup is wonderfully creamy without it and you may not miss it.

Don’t worry about peeling the carrots for this. A good scrub with a stiff vegetable brush is all they need. If you like a little more heat, increase the amount of curry or use a Madras curry.

Here is what I did:

Creamy Curried Carrot Soup

Ingredients

1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 cups sliced carrots
1 potato, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or cream of coconut
1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
Additional salt (if needed)

Directions

Heat the butter in a 5 quart stock pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, and celery and sauté until onion is translucent; about 10 minutes. Stir in ginger and cook a few minutes. Then add potato and  chicken broth. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Uncover remove from heat.

Add curry powder and using an emersion blender, blend until smooth. Stir in cream and taste for seasoning. Add additional salt if needed. Return to low heat and cook until heated through, about 10 minutes.

Alternatively, you may transfer soup in batches to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth then return soup to the stock pot or Dutch oven. Stir in cream and taste for seasoning. Add additional salt if needed. Return to low heat and cook until heated through, about 10 minutes.

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Cumin Lime Roasted Carrots

I really like carrots. The only problem is they seem to become an addition to a food instead of a starring role. Here is a fantastic way to prepare carrots where they really shine. I made these on a grill in a cast iron skillet but they also work very well in an oven heated to 400° F.

Ingredients

1 pound baby carrots with green tops
1 tablespoon olive oil
Juice and fresh grated zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon honey
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Small handful fresh mint leaves, chopped

Instructions

Heat covered grill to approximately 400°F.

Wash and trim the tops off the carrots. Toss them a large cast iron skillet with the olive oil, lime juice and zest, agave, salt and spices making sure the carrots are well covered with the mixture. You may use a baking sheet if cooking in an oven.

Roast about 20 minutes until the carrots are just tender and beginning to take on color. If grilling, you may want to toss them about to keep them from sticking to the cast iron. Transfer to a plate when sufficiently browned and tender. Sprinkle with the green onions and mint before tossing together and serving.