|Garnished with Cilantro Pesto and Chives|
Recipe adapted from Sunset Magazine, April 2012
In these days of abundant and perishable tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and kale, summer carrots sometimes get sidelined from the menu. CSA subscribers might have the sudden realization, usually due to lack of refrigerator space, that they are storing 4 or more lbs. of carrots from several weeks of produce deliveries. Add to that the herb bunch blues—the challenge of using up the whole Farmers’ Market herb bunch, when most recipes call for significantly less. Enter SunsetMagazine’s unique recipe for Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto, a quick substitution of available herbs for the unavailable carrot tops, a fast doubling of the recipe—and the carrot stash is reduced by half, deliciously.
|Striking Combination of Color & Flavor|
2 ½ lbs. carrots
1 large onion
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp. salt
6 cups veggie or chicken broth
1 large bunch cilantro (or other herbs)
¾ - 1 tsp. pressed garlic
2 tbsp. chopped almonds
2 tbsp. olive oil
1½ tbsp. veggie or chicken broth
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/8 – ¼ tsp. salt
Chopped chives, optional garnish
Scrub and trim carrots. Cut into ¾ inch chunks.
Dice onion. You will have about 2 cups.
Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in deep soup pot. Add onion and ½ tsp. salt. Cook over medium heat until softened, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
Add carrots and stir to coat with oil. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer with cover ajar until carrots are very tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the pesto. Scoop a couple of tablespoons of broth from the carrots and let cool a bit. Add the following to an immersion blender cup: cilantro or other herb/s, garlic, almonds, olive oil, 1½ tbsp. broth, lemon juice, and 1/8 tsp. salt. Puree with immersion blender, adding more broth or olive oil if mixture is too thick to liquefy. Taste and adjust salt if necessary. You can also make the pesto in a food processor. Pesto should taste highly flavored.
When carrots are tender, use the (washed) immersion blender to puree the soup in the pot. You can also puree this in the blender, though because soup is hot this is less than ideal.
|Good Things from the Garden|