The cold temperatures are coming… and nothing like a nice bowl of soup to warm up the bones and the soul!
This weekend, while cleaning my refrigerator, I found a few pounds of carrots… I know this is kind of odd! A few months ago we start getting our fruit and vegetables though the Bountiful Baskets Co-op. The Bountiful Baskets are a group of volunteer people that work cooperatively to gather fruits and vegetables at lowers prices. So every week, there is a “mystery basket” with different produce. This is great because the pricing is low and you never know what you will get… for me, one of the strong points of these baskets is the fact that I end up having to use produce that I would never get. On the downside, you may end up with produce that are hard to use (at least for me) and sometimes you end up with lots of it! like carrots…
After looking around the kitchen, I decided to make soup! Creamy carrot soup! One of the benefits of creamy vegetable soup is you can have one simple soup but add any different “topping” to it and have variety of soups! It is an easy way to get your veggies in without spending a lot of money and a great opportunity to use up your not so good looking produce!
Creamy Carrot Soup
Wash all the vegetables, peel and cube them. The smaller the vegetables are the faster and easier it will be to cook them.
Out all the veggies in a tall pot and add enough water to cover the veggies by 1 inch. Adding too much water will turn the soup to “liquid” and unpleasant… it is always better to add more water if needed!
Place the pot in the stove in medium/high heat. Cover the pot but be careful so that the pot does not start to boil over.
With a fork, poke the veggies (specially the ones that will take longer to cook like the carrots) to test if the veggies are cooked. Depending on the size and the volume, the cooking should take 30 to 45 minutes.
With a stick blender (this is one of my favorite tools) blend the veggies until creamy.
Taste and correct the seasoning, like salt and add a healthy amount of olive oil. Add cream, toasted bread or even roasted peanuts. Enjoy!
- 1 bunch of celery
- 5 carrots of medium size
- 7 potatoes
- 2 gloves of garlic
- 1 sweet onion
- 1 small yellow squash