Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Curried Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup: A Twist on Tradition Thanksgiving Menu

This soup is a favorite and can be served hot or cold. If you make a lot of purรฉed soups, consider investing in a handheld immersion blender. It is the best way to purรฉe liquids that are still in the pot. This is a sweet and spicy “comfort food” soup. You may adjust the amount of orange juice to your liking.

4–6 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
3–4 carrots, peeled, ends removed, and cut into small pieces
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons sweet curry powder, preferably Penzey’s brand
1½ cups vegetable broth or water, or as needed
¼ cup orange juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chopped chives
  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the carrots, sweet potatoes, onion, and garlic. Sautรฉ until vegetables are tender and onions are translucent, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the curry powder and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add vegetable broth or water to cover the vegetables and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the carrots and potatoes are fork tender, approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and purรฉe the mixture with a handheld blender, or transfer mixture to a blender or food processor (in batches if necessary) and purรฉe until texture is smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add more broth or water.
  4. Transfer purรฉe back to stockpot if necessary, and slowly whisk in orange juice. Heat through, and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into soup bowls, and garnish with chives to taste.
Note: If you want to serve the soup cold, chill and top with crรจme fraรฎche or yogurt.

Recipe from Kristina Creighton, former owner of Kristina’s Kitchen.
Excerpted from Dishing Up® Vermont © 2008 by Tracey Medeiros. All rights reserved.

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