I am not fond of carrot. And by "not fond" I mean "ICK". I think a carrot is like an oddly flavored stick, with a weird texture, dipped in a rainbow hue. Put that together and I will pass. As far as foods go, it is my arch nemesis.
You can imagine what happened when I was young and a mere cube or sliver of carrot presented itself in my food. No one said I was a dream child, friends.
So ironically, a few years ago at a fab restaurant in Seattle, the server said their best recommendation that night on the menu was carrot soup. He was pretty convincing. I tried one bite of my brother's. It was actually delicious. Primarily because it did not taste like carrot! A month or two ago, same scenario, different restaurant. Then I decided I could certainly work some carrot into my own life if I could master this soup. So I set out to conquer it. And let me tell you, this soup has become one of my favorites. AND, I passed it along to some friends and I got some great reviews yesterday. Even an endorsement from a 9 year old who also has a strong distaste for carrot.
Two good things about this soup: VERY healthy. And VERY easy. From my kitchen to yours, enjoy every bite. And if you don't like carrots, get on the bandwagon. I will make a believer out of you.
JennyMac's Spicy Carrot Soup
In a large pot ( I use a dutch oven) pour 2 T olive oil over medium low heat. Add 2 cloves minced garlic and 1/2 chopped onion. Sweat the garlic and onion for about 5 - 8 minutes. Add approximately 1.5 to 2 pounds of carrots. You can peel and chop them OR you can buy the uber convenient 5 lb bag of pre-washed, baby carrots from Costco for about 5 dollars.
Saute the carrots for about 10 minutes. Cover with liquid stock (I use chicken or vegertable.) Simmer until carrots are tender 25 - 45 minutes depending on your level of heat. Using an immersion blender, begin to puree the carrots. Add stock as needed to modify the consistency.
Add 1 T. cinnamon
1 t cayenne pepper (and increase to taste. I am a spicy girl so I of course add twice as much or more.)
Add 1/4 cup milk. Blend. Drizzle 1 - 2 T of olive oil over. Stir.
When serving, add 1/4 cup greek yogurt, stir.
Say, "MMMMMMMMMMMMMM." And then spread the carrot love.