Thursday, January 16, 2014

Marie's Carrot Cumin Soup

Don't let the simple photos here fool you.

This is anything but a pot of plain orange liquid.

It is a delicious, healthy, vitamin C & A boost of yumminess and very easy to throw together.

Cumin is one of my favorite dried spices and paired with big fat winter carrots, this soup is a winner.

It is from my favorite NYC cookbook, 66 Square Feet, A Delicious Life, where all of Marie's recipes are simple and delicious and the local photography is beautiful.

Of course I used my homemade chicken stock which I hoard all year long in the freezer for the lean winter months, when I am stuck in the house in the snow.

Don't you love the fat crack?

Here's how:

3 large, fat, fresh bright orange carrots (never use the old ones left to die in the refrigerator crisper), peeled & chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp dried cumin
1 tsp dried coriander
5 cups of good chicken stock (preferably homemade)
1 cup of orange juice
salt & pepper
creme fraiche & lemon juice for garnish (optional)

I always saute my vegetables (carrots, onions, garlic) in a tablespoon of butter along with some olive oil.

Do this in a heavy stock pot for a few minutes on medium heat until onions are translucent.

Add in the dried spices and coat the vegetables with the spices for a minute.

Add in the broth and juice and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook on low for about 20 minutes, until carrots are soft.

In a blender, or with a hand immersion blender (my favorite tool), whiz the soup (careful, it's hot) until it is pureed.

Swirl in some creme fraiche and a squeeze of lemon if you like.

This is a bright and sunny soup for the dreary days of winter.



Proud Italian Cook said...

I have 4lbs of carrots left here that Tony bought for juicing, yesterday I thought what can I do with them? Now I know! Thank you Marie and Stacey. I might have to double the recipe though.

Vanessa said...

I also have a lot of carrots, this looks simple and delicious! I will try it!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Stacey - Thanks for posting this. I have made carrot soup but been unhappy with the recipe. This one has a lot of great spices that sounds like a winner. Love the reflection of the window in the soup bowl too.

Anonymous said...

Stacey, what containers do you use to store your home made chicken stock?? I tried mason jars but they all cracked in the freezer - yours looks plastic??

Stacey Snacks said...

Anon I freeze my soups in plastic heavy duty deli takeout containers, never glass

Natalia B said...

Thanks for posting this Stacey. My husband makes a similar Carrot Soup, but he adds ginger (and calls it Carrot Ginger Soup). I love cumin, so this gives this soup a different spin. Can't wait to try it - love the color of the soup in your photo.

Amy said...

Tried this soup last night.
Very simple and fresh! Nice zing to it! Thank you and Marie for the recipe.