The finished soup will be pureed, so no need to fuss with the slicing and dicing here - a rough chop will do for everything.
Cream-free Creamy Carrot Soup:
- 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cups of leeks, coarsely chopped, white and pale green parts only
- 1 medium shallot, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup of coarsely chopped onion
- pinch of Kosher salt and a generous grating of fresh black pepper
- 1 full pound of carrots, plus two additional carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 small yukon gold potato, peeled and coarsely chopped
- two 14.5 oz. cans of low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
- one 14.5 oz. can of low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp. good quality curry powder
- pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
- dash of ground white pepper, optional
- grating of fresh nutmeg, optional
- optional - a tsp. of honey to finish the soup, if desired
- some non-fat plain Greek yogurt, or fat-free sour cream
- some chopped fresh parsley and or chopped fresh dill
- a wedge of fresh lemon
Remove from heat and puree using an immersion blender. (Alternately, the soup can be pureed, in batches, using a food processor or traditional blender. Be careful, its hot!) Return the soup to the heat and re-warm, if necessary. Taste the soup for seasoning, adding more of whatever you like. If you prefer a sweeter soup, you may add the teaspoon of honey now. If you'd like a bit of acid, squirt in a dash of fresh lemon. Stir to combine. When ready to serve, ladle the soup into a serving vessel and garnish with a dollop of non-fat Greek yogurt and a dusting of chopped fresh parsley and dill. Serve the soup with a wedge of lemon and enjoy!
As written, this recipe will yield 6 servings.
Some words of wisdom about the spices ... just because I've called for ground coriander here, doesn't mean you have to use it. If you don't have ground coriander, and won't use it otherwise, do not go out and buy a jar of it. This is a tremendously forgiving soup and will adapt well to any spices you have or enjoy. I happen to like the combination of curry and coriander, and my spice collection is extensive enough to warrant its own cabinet ... but that's just me. If you prefer a soup of the milder variety, feel free to skip the cayenne as well. Ditto for the honey at the end. The need for it will largely depend on how sweet your carrots are and your own personal preference. Sometimes I add the honey, sometimes I leave it out.
Experiment, use this recipe as a guide, and do as you see fit. However you choose to spice your soup, I assure you the results will be magnificent. Whatever you do, be sure to include the Greek yogurt, fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon for garnish. The yogurt will add a marvelous richness to the dish and the herbs/lemon will keep everything bright and happy.