Saturday, January 28, 2012

Take A Bite Of: JennyMac's Spicy Carrot Soup

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. 


Urban Earthworm said...

Sounds delicious! I'll have to give this a try. Carrot is Flintstone's favorite veggie right now.

Masala Chica said...

Ooh that looks amazing. I can see what they might have been offputting as a kid, but some things taste amazing if you change the texture. For example, I hate broccoli steamed but when its roasted in the oven, I absolutely lurve it.

I was a difficult kid too. I liked eating raw vegetables and my parents didn't let me - they thought it was more healthy to cook them. Apparently I was a real terror. ;-)


Unknown said...

You had me until the yogurt. Then you lost me.

Unknown said...

You had me until the yogurt. Then you lost me.

webb said...

By definition anything that starts off with "sweat onions and garlic" will be just fine! Love carrots, and like adding real, live veggies to winter dinners. Will definitly try this. Thanks for sharing.

Brian Miller said... had me a bit scared at carrot soup honestly...ok, so maybe i'll try this one...smiles.

mary i said...

Capital Yummy. thanks for idea. I am a spicy girl also..One could sub. sour cream for yourgert.(early can't spell)New to you just to let you know you are great to read..I find you thought provoking on many levels.. the fact that you are smart funny AND like food makes for a great paackage..write lots..have a great day from Tuscaloosa, AL.

busana muslim said...

woww great post good luck

K A B L O O E Y said...

The cinnamon's scaring me a little, but I trust you AND just bought an immersion blender. Assuming the milk's supposed to say 1/4 cup, right?

Little Ms J said...

Ok, so I love the recipe, but I have not idea what an immersion blender is and whether mine will suffice. It kind of sounds like the blender a cult leader would use as he's mixing up your juice drink. said...

I love carrot soup great job.