3-13: Velvety Carrot Soup

I think one of my favorite parts of old cookbooks is the adjectives they use to describe their dishes. I like to imagine a team of writers/cookbook jockeys staying late into the night, trying to dream up the perfect word to engage some adventurous cook into what would be an otherwise mundane-sounding recipe. How do you make carrot soup exciting?

That’s where “velvety” comes in. I present–3-13: Velvety Carrot Soup.

3-13 Velvety Carrot Soup

Oh, Simply Delicious. I admire you for trying to get me so excited about your carrot soup, that you put smiley face dollops of sour cream on your camera bowls.

When you have a LOT of carrots to get rid of and you’re looking for something velvetySimply Delicious has you covered.

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I doubt my mom ever made this one–she made a lot of soups, but wasn’t a carrot fan. She did make a butternut squash soup one year that I gave her such hell for, I doubt she would have ever attempted anything similar again. I was a difficult child, at times.

The CSA boxes have runneth over with carrots lately, and it was getting a little ridiculous. Soup is always the easiest way to burn off a ton of veggies quickly, especially when they’ve been in the fridge a touch longer than you would have liked.

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Ingredients. No major substitutions, other than maybe using a few more carrots than suggested and switching half-and-half for milk.

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Chopping carrots. They were a bit fridge-scarred, but for soup, it’s all good.

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Doesn’t need to be pretty or uniform–it’s all getting pulverized in the Vitamix.

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Same goes for the onion–it just needs to be reasonable, not perfect. One of the great things about soup–it can be a really quick, easy thing to pull off.

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Onion ready for the broth. I always go over a bit on onion, it cooks down anyway.

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Before blending–it got close to the top. This is really hot–make sure you have a good grip on the top when it gets up to speed. I didn’t, and ended up with a nice surface burn on my wrist from when it came back at me.

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After blending. I ❤️  the Vitamix. Food processor has its place, but for soups or anything where it needs to be smooth, you gotta go with the Mix.

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With a hit of half-and-half, before I blended it the final time. It matches the wall pretty well there.

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The final product. We packed this one up as soon as I finished it–soup tastes better the next day anyway, and it was intended for the week I was out of town. My husband neglected to put the smiley face dollop on it, but he says it was “pretty good”.

His grade: A-

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