I have been on a carrot streak lately.
Roasting them with hot chile paste. Shredding them into coleslaw mix. Dipping them into blue cheese dressing, au naturel.
And making them into this decidedly un-summery soup. It’s vegetarian and extremely easy to make – in an hour or so, you have a homemade, creamy, comforting soup with zam-pow punch that will knock you off your feet.
Creamy Moroccan Carrot Soup
1 lb. peeled and roughly chopped carrots (yes, I used the baby ones…it’s easy, so kill me.)
1 tbsp. veggie oil
1 onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 bunch celery, chopped
2 tsp. grated ginger, fresh or frozen but not dried
2 tsp-1 tbsp. harissa paste (no tomato in the mix)
2 good glugs of ketchup
2 tbsp. ras el hanout
6 cups chicken stock
cream, salt, and pepper to taste
cilantro to garnish
1. Get those onions, garlic, and celery, in the olive oil over medium heat. Saute for about 10 minutes, or until the onions are softened and start to turn translucent.
2. Add the carrots, the chicken stock, harissa paste, ras el hanout, and ketchup. Yes, ketchup. Trust me, it’s the secret star ingredient. Stir and cook, covered, for about 30 minutes, or until the carrots are soft. Check once, halfway through, to make sure that he veggies aren’t burning to the bottom of the pan.
3. Using an immersion blender, bend the carrots when they are mushy and falling apart. Add some cream and taste for seasonings. I always add a lot of pepper and just a touch of salt.
4. Garnish with cilantro and serve
This soup will cure what ails you. It takes ginger carrot soup to the next level. Ras el Hanout is a North African spice mixture that includes ginger, cumin, corinader, and many other spices. It’s floral, earthy, and fragrant. It is flavorful but not at all spicy – that’s where the harissa comes in. Just use a little because it’s quite potent! And the ketchup….oh, that’s the ticket. It provides a totally unidentifiable sweet, bright backnote. It’s sweet, bright, and brings a whole new flavor dimension to the creamy soup. Don’t skimp on the cilantro at the end – I thought it was optional, but then I added it and was like – oh. Yeah. This is very important. Mhm.
And this soup altogether is very important for making my carrot obsession seem totally legit. Mhm.