Carrot, Leek & Turmeric Soup

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Carrot soup is one of those dishes that I keep seeing posted on Instagram and every well-known chef seems to have their own version of. 

I’ve always been hesitant to try it though because there’s just something about the idea of pureed carrots that I find a little strange. Given that I love creamy soups though and have made plenty of pumpkin, cauliflower and even pea versions in my kitchen, I figured it couldn’t hurt to give carrots a chance.

Many recipes have lentils and a range of spices but for my first attempt, I wanted to keep things simple, using just a few spices for seasoning. And so we have the very orange in colour, Carrot, Leek & Turmeric Soup!

The texture was very similar to my Pumpkin Soup and while the carrot flavour was there, it wasn’t as intense or concentrated as I expected. Turmeric is a wonderful spice and I found that this flavour came through quite prominently, followed more subtly by ground ginger.

This soup is a good one for when you need a quick meal on a cold night as it doesn’t need much cooking time. Cutting the carrot up into small pieces ensures it softens quickly and then it’s just a matter of blitzing everything together in a blender and seasoning.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1kg carrots

  • 1 leek

  • 1/2C frozen onion

  • 6C water

  • 1TBS stock powder (chicken or vegetable)

  • 1tsp ground ginger

  • 1tsp turmeric powder

  • Salt & pepper to taste

METHOD

  • Leaving the skin, cut the carrots into small, round pieces.

  • Slice and wash the leek.

  • In a large pot, add 1TBS olive oil and add the frozen onion. Then add the leek, turmeric and ginger and cook for a few minutes, until soft.

  • Add the carrots and mix well.

  • Dissolve the stock in the water, then add to the pot.

  • Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

  • When the carrot is soft, blitz in a food processor until creamy. Season with salt and pepper.

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