Friday, May 27, 2011

Simply Lovely Carrot Soup

I think I am going to come up with a good adjective or two for all my recipes from now on.  "Simply Lovely Carrot Soup," has a lot nicer ring to it than merely "Carrot Soup," or even "Simple Carrot Soup."  I recall reading something about this in Mindless Eating by Brain Wansink--that one can influence the perception of how good food tastes merely by describing the dish with a few choice adjectives.     Its like marketing only you are in charge and you are marketing healthy food!   That said, I did not name the Simply Lovely Carrot Soup.  This is my take on another recipe I tried out from my awesome new-to-me cookbook, How it all Vegan.  I modified the recipe a tiny bit, but kept the swell name.

I think that all soups are better the next day and this one was certainly no exception.  The day-after taste is so familiar to me, but I cannot put my finger on it.  It tastes like something I remember from childhood.....

Simply Lovely Carrot Soup
1 small onion, chopped
6-8 large carrots, chopped but unpeeled!
4 C veggie stock
1 t salt
1 C soy milk
1 t dried dill or 1 T fresh dill 
1 T soy sauce
1 t black pepper

In a large pot, saute the onions and carrots in oil over medium heat until the onions are translucent.  Add stock and salt and simmer over medium for about 15 minutes, until carrots are tender.  Remove veggies and blend in a blender with milk, dill, soy sauce, and pepper until smooth.  Add a small amount of cooking broth if needed to achieve desired smoothness.  You may need to do this step in multiple batches depending on the size of your blender.  You can also opt to only blend half the veggies for a chunky-style soup.  Return the mixture to the pot and serve immediately.
I must say it goes really well with no-knead bread.

6 comments:

  1. Does this soup taste sweet at all? The reason I am asking is my hubby will eat raw carrots but can't stand them cooked as he says the cooking process brings out too much sweetness.

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  2. Names do matter, like the Better-Than-Sex Cake.

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  3. Thanks for sharing! We planted so many carrots this year and I was wondering what to do with them. Now I have your recipe to try too! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Good and nice carrot soup....love it with bread!

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  5. Becky- I wouldn't say that my soup was sweet. Especially the next day at which point I would say it was savory all the way and not sweet. I asked Matt too and he also said, no not sweet. However, he did remind me that the carrots I used in this soup were not-so-fresh which might make it less sweet than say, carrots fresh out of the ground would be.

    I've never made a Better-than-Sex-Cake. The name is intriguing....

    I hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday!

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  6. Thanks for letting me know - we may give your recipe a try then.

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