Friday, February 5, 2010

Roasted Carrot Soup

This soup is perfect for a cold winter night.

Cut 1 pound of carrots into 2-inch pieces - the closer in size your pieces are to one another, the more uniformly they'll roast.

Place the carrot pieces in a baking dish coated with cooking spray, along with 2 teaspoons melted vegan butter (such as Earth Balance), and 1/8 tsp. black pepper, tossing to coat. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, stirring every ten minutes or so.

Combine the carrot mixture in a blender or food processor with 3/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano (use 1/4 tsp. dried oregano, if you prefer); process until smooth.

Heat an additional 1/2 tsp. vegan butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/4 tsp. ground cumin and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the carrot puree, 2 and 1/4 teaspoons agave nectar (in place of honey), 1 and 1/2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lime juice, 1/8 tsp. black pepper, and 14 ounces vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Note: I had accidentally added a full 1/4 tsp. black pepper while roasting the carrots in the first step, so omitted the second dose of black pepper at the end here, figuring it all evened out.

1 cup of soup is 110 calories. Serve with a big entree salad!

carrots $1.37
fresh oregano $2.49
vegetable broth $3.79

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance