Cream of carrot? How can that be? Well, it can, and it is, and you will not believe how great this soup is. Carrots are the star, to be sure, but what gives the soup its rich creaminess (without any cream) are the white potatoes, and you want to pick nice, starchy potato variety, like the Russets. The starchier the potato, the creamier the final soup. Usually, the really starchy potatoes don’t hold well to boiling and tend to fall apart. In this case that really does not matter because everything will go into a blender at the end. I do recommend you chop your carrots and potatoes into smaller chunks to speed up the cooking process, but they don’t need to be finely diced.
The potatoes and the carrots cook together with flavor agents, like soy sauce and the Worcestershire sauce, and the spices, like smoked paprika or smoked paprika flakes, garlic powder and ground mustard. I also suggest you use vegetable stock and not water, because a really great stock will extend the richness of your flavors, while water will dilute them out. In terms of what stock to use exactly, you’ll have to try it out and see what you like. Reduced sodium options are probably the best starting point, and you can always taste a bit of the stock before dumping it into the pot. If the stock is not pleasant to drink, it will probably not make for a pleasant soup to eat. I would stay away from roasted garlic infused or very heavy on spices stocks and go with mild almost bland stocks that you can build on and that will not interfere with all the other ingredients you are using.
What helps put this soup over the top is just a sprinkle of fresh dill at the end, and a handful of freshly toasted croutons. With all that in place all that’s left to do is grab a spoon and dig in!
Cream of Carrot Soup
What you’ll need:
6 large carrots
2 potatoes, Russet or white
2 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoon ground mustard powder
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (vegan)
1 teaspoon steak sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika flakes
4 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons dill, fresh
What you’ll do:
- Wash, peel and cube carrots and potatoes. Place in a pot, cover with water and boil for about 15 minutes, until vegetables are just soft but not falling apart.
- Drain the vegetables, pat dry to absorb as much of the access water as you can, and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the oil, spices and sauces and mix well. Let marinade for 30-60 minutes.
- Place all the vegetables and the marinade into a blender and add the vegetable stock. Blend until smooth and silky. You can do this step in the mixing bowl with an immersion blender but I think the regular upright blender produces smoother consistency.
- Pour back into the pot and bring to simmer. Let the soup simmer gently for 10 to 20 minutes.
- While the soup is simmering you can toast some bread, or make some croutons.
- Serve the soup with a sprinkle of fresh dill, and some toast, croutons, bread or even tortilla chips on the side. Mmmmm… good!!!
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