Monday, 11 January 2010

Carrot and coriander soup

This is a great winter soup - quick, easy and cheap to make. It can also make good use of winter carrots that are a bit tired-looking - we all have bendy rubber carrots in the vegbasket at some point!LOL

about 2lbs or so of winter carrots

2 pints stock - I use Marigold for most soups, so our resident vegetarian can eat them too!

knob of butter

1 medium onion, chopped finely

ground coriander

Melt the butter ans sweat the onion until golden, but not coloured; add the peeled and chopped carrots and stock, cover and leave to simmer until the carrots are very tender. Leave to cool down, then oput through a sieve or Mouli, or a blender if you use one. Rinse out pan, return soup to it and add coriander to taste - not too much, so that you can still get the wonderful intense carroty flavour, but a subtle enough amount just to know it's there. Heat through to piping hot. You can add a dollop of cream, soured cream creme fraiche, yoghurt if you like, and a good sprinkle of black pepper.
Serve with warm bread or rolls.

I've never made this in the summer, but I imagine it would taste really nice with young sweeter carrots too, and fresh coriander as a garnish, chopped on the top.

As an aside, I read in a book on Saturday that a light green dye can be obtained from carrot peelings, so they are in a pan simmering away as we speak! Must say I'm a bit dubious about this one, but will give it a go and report back.:)


Rowan said...

Think this may be on the menu for later tghis week!

MrsL said...

Forgot to say - it freezes very well - so if you get the chance of extra carrots, make a few pints up and ladle it into milk bottles/cartons, etc. Will keep int he freezer for up to 6 months or so.



MoominMamma said...

Got to give this one a go for sure!
We had a couple of those bendy rubbery carrots at the bottom of the veggie bin the other night - Monster didn't look too terribly impressed when I added them to the meal, but she ate them regardless!

oddny said...

I've just found a huge bag of carrots in the shed, and was wondering what to do with them, thought I might make carrot and orange soup. May I copy this to documents to try when we have some coriander please?

MrsL said...

Ofcourse, very happy share. I have a lot of carrots at the moment, so look out for some more carroty inspired things! lol



Carolyn said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe! I love the Carrot and Coriander soup in the cartons that we buy from the shop but haven't thought about making it. Think I'll give this one a try. I make a lovely Carrot and red lentil soup though!

MrsL said...

That sounds good too, Carolyn; I've had carrot and orange, as per Oddny's post too - lots of carrot variations there! Lentils would add a good bit of body at thsi time of year too.