Thursday, January 20, 2011

Comforting Carrot, Orange, Ginger Soup

There's nothing like kicking off the new year by getting sick. Ugh. When there is nothing you'd rather do than pull the covers over your head and will your airways free of congestion, you might want to consider mustering up the energy to make this simple, comforting soup. With hits of sweet carrot, tangy citrus and spicy ginger, this was the perfect comfort-me food when I'm on the down and out. Even it's bright orange hue can enliven an otherwise dreary sick day.

Carrot, Orange and Ginger Soup
adapted from Green Kitchen Stories

2 cloves garlic (chopped)

2 onion (chopped)
5 carrot (grated)
2-3 Tbs fresh ginger (grated on a micro plane)
Juice of 2 oranges
Zest of 1 orange
2 tbsp olive oil
3 c vegetable broth (I had homemade on hand, but any good broth or reconstituted bullion will work)
kosher salt & pepper to taste

Add olive oil to a pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic. Let cook until onion is just starting to become translucent or about 5 mins. Add carrots and ginger and let it sweat for a couple of minutes. Try not to let anything brown. Add the broth, thyme and orange juice and let it boil for 10-15 minutes. Use a hand blender to puree the soup, but don’t blend it all if you like your soup chunky. Add the orange zest, salt and pepper and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Enjoy!

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