I love the colour of this bright soup. It is also a super simple soup to make with tremendous flavour. Do not let the simplicity of the soup fool you, it is a flavour bomb.
This soup plays with the sweetness of carrots and nutmeg and the spice of ginger, the flavours complement each other beautifully. The soup should be silky smooth, the texture is quite important. The sweetness and spice are toned with the addition of cream, but to make this soup vegan, avoid the cream and adjust the ginger down a bit. This is a perfect late winter soup for a nice dinner. the soup is heavy enough to be had as a meal, with a slice of toast and cheese.
This was one of my early cookbooks, one that I have cooked at least half the recipes from. There are soups from around the world, including delicious purées like this one to elaborate one-dish meals. This is one of those books that will make you fall in love with soup!
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2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 celery stalk, chopped finely
2 tablespoons ginger paste
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
5 carrots, about 5 cups, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 cups water or chicken stock
2-3 tablespoons cream + extra for garnish
Heat the butter or olive oil and add the onions and celery. Sautè on low heat till the onions are soft and translucent. Do not let them get any colour.
Add the ginger paste and cook for 1-2 minutes till the ginger is aromatic and no longer smells raw. Add the potato and carrots and cook till the vegetables are also soft. Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper and give a quick stir.
Add the water, bring to a boil and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Cool, add the cream and purèe the soup till very smooth with a hand blender or in a blender. The soup should be quite thick and coat a spoon evenly. Taste and adjust for salt and ginger. The soup should be very smooth in texture and the spice from the ginger prominent. To add more ginger, add some more paste and simmer for 5 more minutes. To make the soup milder add cream.
Serve hot with a drizzle of cream as garnish