The carrots were very pretty at the grocery store – they had that “buy me” look. It was time to make a recipe I had pinned centuries ago. You know one of those recipes that you think it’s going to work great, but you are kinda lazy and simply don’t do it? Yep.
Well, it was silly of me to be lazy about this recipe, as it is very easy – and wonderful! This is without a doubt one of the most interesting soups I’ve ever made, proving once again that Patricia Scarpin is a genius. ❤ As usual, I’ve adapted it a little bit, because that’s just how it goes.
The recipe is vegetarian, but to veganize it all you have to do is replace the cream for a soy/rice version.
1 kg carrots – peel and chop into big chunks
350 g onions – same deal
Roughly 3 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper – I added paprika too
About 5 cloves of garlic, peel and all – from the famous series “things I decided to add while taking the ingredients shot”
1 tsp cumin
1.5 liters veggie stock – I used the homemade version , concentrated, and completed with water
250 mL heavy cream, or a vegan substitute
Place the carrots, onions, and garlic on a baking sheet. Add the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin. Mix everything very well and bake in a pre-heated oven for 40 minutes, or until the carrot is tender.
Then, remove the garlic peels – it should be very easy! – and place the ingredients from the baking sheet into a blender, adding the stock to help the process. As my blender died #RIPblender, I placed everything in the pot and used my immersion blender.
When everything is nice and blended, add the cream and heat the soup until it starts to boil. Serve immediately.
FREEZER: As most soups, this recipe freezes pretty well. I just placed the cold leftovers in a Ziploc bag! When re-heating, I used the immersion blender to pulse it a little bit, so it would regain the original texture.
I LOVE lentils. Before, they were a synonym of New Year’s Eve: Grandma would always make lentil rice (with plenty of bacon), saying “Eat it, it’ll bring prosperity in the new year.” Not only were they delicious, but they also brought money?? BRING’EM!
Try as I might, I didn’t become a millionaire by eating lentils – but this is no reason not to make this delicious soup! 🙂
The original recipe called for mushrooms, but I didn’t add them, because I hate them! #truestory #sorrynotsorry BUT they are a great idea to veganize the soup! 🙂
400 g lentils
2 medium onions, thinly chopped
1 large carrots, thinly chopped
150-200 g bacon − the original recipe called for only 50 g, because it also had mushrooms. If you want to veganize the recipe, use them instead of bacon!
1 L water
Salt and pepper – skip the salt if you’re using a bouillon cube!
This is a mystery-free recipe: in a large pan, fry the bacon, the onions, and the carrots. When the bacon is fried, add the lentils, the stock, and the water. Season with salt and pepper (I used a pepper mix).
Cook for approximately one hour, until everything is nice and soft. Then, all you have to do is put the soup on the blender! I bought an immersion blender and I’m in love! MUCH easier to clean than a traditional blender! 😀
When everything is blended, it’s ready to serve!
FREEZER: As most soups, this recipe freezes pretty well. I just placed the cold leftovers in a Ziploc bag! When re-heating, I just used the immersion blender to pulse it a little bit, so it would regain the original texture.
Is it cold where you are? It’s FREEZING here! Now that winter has officially arrived, it’s time for a soup season! 🙂
I had planned to post this recipe for a while now. We photographed it when Tia Leo came to visit us LAST YEAR! It was still cold here, but as it was already super hot in Brazil, I decided against ostentation 😀
Tia Leo was the person who actually cooked this. My role in the making of this soup was to take pictures, talk a lot, and drink wine! I always had a bit of an issue with pumpkins, because I thought they were hard to prep, but Tia Leo taught me the EASY way to deal with them: cook with skin and all, THEN remove it! Duh! So easy!
1 medium-sized pumpkin, cut in chunks – leave the skin on for an easier time
2 veggie stock cubes, or the homemade veggie stock − I didn’t have any ready, #shameonme
50 mL heavy cream
60 g gorgonzola
Parsley/chives, to garnish
Cut the pumpkin into big chunks – Tia Leo warns that you are supposed to wash it beforehand, ok? 😀
Place the pumpkin in the pressure cooker and cover it with the veggie stock. Close the lid and wait until it pressurizes. When that happens, mark 8 minutes, then turn it off and wait for it to de-pressurize.
While you wait, you can crumb the gorgonzola and chop the parsley.
Open the pressure cooker and remove the pumpkin chunks – do not toss the cooking liquid, because we’ll still use a good amount of it! Now that the pumpkin is cooked, it’s easy to remove the skin, so do that! 😀
Place the pumpkin little by little in the blender, using some of the water to blend – you should get a texture like a runny purée. Place the purée in a big pan and continue the process until you finish all the pumpkin.
Add the cream and gorgonzola. Mix it and heat the soup until it simmers.
Dish, garnish with the parsley/chives and serve with some toasted bread – here, we had with the whole-wheat version of Bread in a Hurry!
FREEZER: I haven’t frozen this particular soup, but it would freeze just fine! I would recommend you blend it again after it’s thawed, though, for better texture.