Roasted carrot & coconut milk soup
Roasted carrot soup - deeply flavored and smooth
Roasting the vegetables for this soup deepens and intensifies the flavors. Tomatoes add complexity and coconut milk mellows and smoothes. The result is a richly satisfying soup.
Roast the garlic
Roast the garlic by slicing off about 1" of the pointed tip. Drizzle with olive oil and place the cut tip back on top of the garlic clove. Wrap the garlic in tin foil and roast in the oven for 40 minutes until soft. Let cool and then squeeze the roasted cloves into the soup pot.
If you have not used this method to roast garlic before, it will become your new best friend. Roasting transforms garlic into creamy goodness. Roasted garlic is a great addition to boost umami in soups, but can also be spread on a piece of toast, mashed into some potatoes, added to dips or eaten with chicken, steak or vegetables.
Puree the soup
For the smoothest results puree soup in a blender, but a food processor or stick blender will also work. Stick blenders are inexpensive, easy-to-use and can be used in the same pot the soup was cooked in. I always love methods that reduce the number of dishes you have to wash, as does my husband who is the über dishwasher in our house. See my post on Creamless pureed vegetable soups for more on how to make pureed vegetable soups.
Note: If using a blender, make sure you seal the blender top well, fill the blender no more than two thirds full and press down on the blender top when you puree the soup. If you are not careful hot soup will expand and blow the top off the blender. At best it makes a big mess, but can also cause burns if you are not careful.
Add the coconut milk
Coconut milk dramatically changes the flavor of this soup. My favorite coconut milk is Aroy-D. It comes in BPA-free cardboard boxes and is just pure coconut milk with no additives. Aroy-D was the number one choice of packaged coconut milk for all the cooks I worked with in Thailand. It comes in 8.5-ounce containers as well as 33.8-ounce containers.
Freeze the leftovers
Make a little extra and put the leftovers in the freezer for a future meal.
This soup is a nice choice for Thanksgiving. I like to serve guests a mugful for an appetizer when everyone is still milling around and before they sit down to the table. A mug of soup is a tasty way to build in some extra vegetables for the start of the meal and it can be made a couple days in advance.
Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan
This soup is perfect for guests with dietary restrictions. It is gluten-free, and can be made dairy-free by skipping the yogurt garnish. It can be made vegetarian or vegan by using vegetable instead of chicken stock.
- 2.5 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 3" pieces
- 1½ onions, peeled and cut into wedges
- 3 T olive oil, divided
- 1 head of garlic
- 4 roma tomatoes, sliced in half
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1" piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- Zest of 2 limes
- 2 cups coconut milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 ounces lime juice
- Greek yogurt to garnish (optional)
- Lime wedges for garnish (optional)
- Heat oven to 400 degrees. Scatter carrots, onions and tomato halves in the bottom of two roasting pans, taking care not to crowd. Toss with 2½ T olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Slice about one inch off the top of the garlic clove, leaving the peels on. Drizzle a ½ T olive oil over the slice and replace top. Wrap in tin foil and add to one of the roasting pans.
- Roast the garlic and vegetables for 10 minutes and then turn all the vegetables with a spatula, except the tomatoes. Return all the vegetables to the oven and roast another 10 minutes. Remove the carrots and onions and put into a large heavy-bottomed pot. Return the tomatoes and the garlic to the oven for another 20 minutes.
- While the tomatoes and garlic continue to roast add 6 cups of stock, ginger, lime zest and lime juice to the pot with the carrots and the onions. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer until the tomatoes and garlic are fully roasted. Add the tomatoes and squeeze out the soft roasted garlic into the soup pot, stir in and remove from heat.
- Puree the soup using a blender, a food processor or a stick blender. Return the pureed soup to the pot and stir in the coconut milk. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve with an optional dollop of yogurt and a squeeze of lime.
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