I got oddly carried away buying veggies last time I went shopping which resulted in me being left with a small mountain of carrots that even the guinea pigs could not surmount. There was nothing for it, I was going to have to make soup.
I’ve never had carrot soup, it’s just never appealed to me but after a quick tweet and some reassurance from folks I decided to bite the bullet and go for it.
Firstly I had a hunt through a soup recipe book hiding away unused on my bookshelf, read through a variety of carrot based recipes with fancy French names I couldn’t say and then decided to make it up as I went along. I quite often do this with things – read 4 different recipes and combine them to make my own version.
It turned out to be delicious! So here we go, the recipe for Carole’s Carrot Soup.
Ingredients: (Serves 2)
2 oz/50g butter
8 oz/225g carrots, sliced & peeled
1 onion, chopped reasonably small (I would say ‘finely’ but I’m incapable of doing that…)
1 oz/25g rice
1¼ pints/700ml chicken stock
Dried coriander (I have no idea how much I put in, 2 teaspoons maybe?)
Salt & Pepper
Melt the butter in a saucepan then add the onion and carrot. Cook them for about 10 minutes til they’re fairly soft, stirring most of the time to stop them from sticking or going brown (and making your soup go a manky brown colour later).
Then add the rice, salt and pepper and coriander and all the chicken stock. I just sort of poured coriander in out of the pot, stirred a bit and added some more until it looked vaguely right. It was quite a lot, I did want to be able to taste it rather than just have it there for the pretty green bits.
Bring everything up to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for about half an hour, stirring occasionally.
Finally, blitz it all up (better than I did with my useless hand blender – we still had quite a few lumps of carrot which is fine unless you’re after a refined, smooth soup…) and serve nice and hot. Simple!
Nice and tasty and very easy to do. I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely try it again some time