Simple Carrot SoupMarch 16, 2016
Native to Iran and Afghanistan, carrots have been cultivated since antiquity. Throughout the Middle Ages, carrots were produced in a variety of colors, including purple, black, white, green, yellow and red. The first recorded cultivation of an orange carrot did not occur until the 16th century in the Netherlands – the orange color was made popular as an emblem of the House of Orange and the struggle for Dutch independence.
After looking at art from the Dutch Golden Age at LACMA with a group of kids over the weekend, we prepared this simple carrot soup along with Gouda grilled cheese and lemon cake with macerated strawberries. I wish I had leftovers.
8 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
zest of one lemon
1 ½ cup milk
juice of half a lemon, optional
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
fresh herbs for garnish (thyme, basil, tarragon or chives)
Peel and slice the carrots. Set aside. Dice the shallot, chop the garlic and place in a separate bowl.
Heat the butter in a large pot set over medium-low heat. When the butter melts add the shallot and garlic and stir until the shallot softens. Add the carrot and lemon zest and stir for about one minute. Add the chicken broth, bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat.
Blend the carrots until smooth using an immersion blender or regular blender. Add the milk and, if you’d like, the juice of half a lemon. Stir to combine. Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.
Reheat soup, add more chicken broth if it is too thick. Serve garnished with fresh herbs.