Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dirt to Table Experience: Carrot-Orange Soup

People are often surprised that we grow carrots-not sure why.  Folks may envision carrots being difficult to grow or just not on the sphere of their garden reality. The fact is we grow a lot of carrots. This past season we sowed close to 2000 seeds, that does not necessarily equate to 2000 carrots, but it does mean our garden has an abundance of carrots.

Fresh carrots are very crisp with a youthful taste which means it is going to take very little to make it taste fabulous in a simply prepared carrot soup.  These vibrant orange vegetables also provide  a maximum amount of nutrition-high in fiber, loaded with Vitamin A (beta-carotene), and almost zero calories.  Note:  I do recommend purchasing organic carrots, common store bought carrots are loaded with pesticides and chemicals.

This soup is easy to prepare and is beautiful as a starter soup, to a good meal or a bowl for lunch with a tossed green salad.  Proof that simple is often best.


Carrot-Orange Soup
Serves 6-8



Ingredients:
2-lbs or approximately 5 cups sliced,  clean carrots
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons sweet cream butter
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 teaspoons grated ginger (optional)
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup whipping cream
salt and pepper
Sour cream


Directions:
1.  In a 6-quart pan, over medium high heat, add the butter, and onions, stirring often, until onions are soft.  Add carrots, ginger, broth and orange juice.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until carrots are tender.

2.  Remove from the heat and transfer to a blender only filling half-way, do it in batches if necessary.  Cover the blender, and hold a kitchen towel over the top, puree until smooth.  Return to the pan and add cream, stir over high heat until hot.  For a smoother flavor bring soup to a bowl and add salt and pepper, to taste.

3.  Ladle into bowls, and garnish with a dollop of sour cream.

Enjoy!


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21 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

A delicious bowl! We don't grow carrots but love getting them fresh from nearby summer farms. Otherwise, it is organic for sure.

Best,
Bonnie

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Velva,
You are so right. The first thing that pops into my head when thinking about growing carrots is that they won't grow in a uniform shape. Now that I think about it though, who cares! They really are delicious when freshly grown and since no one around here seems to be selling them roadside, I really should consider the carrot:) 2,000 seeds sure does sound like a lot though.

I love carrots and oranges combined in a smoothie. I bet they work really well in a soup too. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Velva and reminding us that carrots really should be in the garden...

William Stoneman said...

Nice....that sounds like a great summer soup.

Michelle said...

Yet another fantastic recipe. Fresh carrots from the garden are just exquisite. The deeper and darker the color, the better the flavor.

Chris said...

Awesome, I just happen to have about 1 1/2 pounds of carrots that I need to use. Nope, I didn't grow them.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

great soup and love your garden love the addition of the orange juice in this

Michael Toa said...

What a lovely soup and I love the colour... so uplifting. I feel good already just looking at it :)

Grandbabycakes said...

What a seriously gorgeous soup. I'm in love!

Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a gorgeous colored soup and so good for you too.
Sam

Nammi said...

love the bright orange colour of that soup. I envy people who grow their own fruits and vegetables :).

bellini said...

I agree simple is quite often the best Velva. I tried growing heirloom carrots a few years ago without success, but the farmers markets are overflowing with them in season.

Big Dude said...

With your sandy soil, I can imagine how well your carrots do. The thing I've noticed is the increased sweetness from the fresh pulled ones.

The JR said...

I bet fresh carrots are so much better than the store bought. If we ever get our garden the way I want it, I'll try growing some.

Angie Schneider said...

So fresh and tasty! I love the soup.

Lost In Utensils said...

Carrot and orange is a classic combination. Growing carrots has been a challenge for me at times but the smaller variety tends to work well. Glad you are experiencing carrots in abundance!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

the simplest things and ingredients are the best! Love the color and the flavor!

Leigh said...

2000 carrot seeds! Wow! Mine have never done all that well. Perhaps because my soil is heavy clay?

Blond Duck said...

This would be a rabbit's dream!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I tried growing carrots once and it was a miserable failure so I am quite jealous. I wish I had a garden patch with full sun all day but I'd have to dig up the middle of our front lawn. Your soup sounds delicious!

Rue said...

I love a carrot soup (my fave is curried) and I grow a good ton of carrots too. I've not tried carrot and orange together - this sounds so interesting! I'm definitely going to try it!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

Carrots aren't expensive to buy but I used to grow ours and there's nothing better than pulling a couple out of the garden, heading to the kitchen and after cleaning, roast to caramelized perfection. OR put them in a beautiful soup like this. Yum!

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