I don't know about where you are in the world, but here in the UK, it is wet! And cold! I am having a constant inner battle about whether to stay inside and therefore warm and dry, or poke my nose outside and go jump in puddles... I think a bit of both is in order!
And so to help warm my cockles after running around in the rain, soup it is.
I'm a big believer that any veg and stock can make a wonderful soup. But I also like to have a depth of flavours, so I thought why not roast some veg and then make soup? Winner.
This soup is super quick to make, less than half an hour and hop you have a nice big ol' bowl of soup in your hands.
Plus it's super healthy too as it's loaded with skin-friendly beta carotene from the carrots (which will help me get clearer skin after the holidays... ahem too many chocolates anyone?).
To make it you'll need:
600g of carrots
2 big cloves of garlic, whole in their skin
glug of olive oil
2 tsp ground cumin
1.5 L of veg stock (or chicken could do too)
Preheat your oven to 375 F / 190 C and prepare your veg. Peel and chop the carrots into smallish cubes (this will help cook quicker) and the onion in big chunks.
Place half of the carrots, all of the onion and whole garlic cloves in a roasting tray. Pour a little olive oil and rub it in all over. Then sprinkle the ground cumin, and pop in the oven for 20 minutes, shaking the pan every now and then to make sure nothing is burning.
In the meantime, bring the veg stock to a boil with the other half of the carrots and simmer for around 10 minutes or so. You want the carrots to still be firm, not all mushy.
When the roasted veg are ready, pop them in a blender or food processor (remove the skin on the garlic cloves first!) and also add the stock and carrots that were simmering away. Add a bit of sea salt and some pepper too. And blend till smooth.
Then ta-da! Soup! Homemade! It wasn't hard now was it?
I like to pimp my soup a little with some tabasco. A skirt of lime juice is also super refreshing. And some herbs are always a nice addition. Maybe a drizzle of olive oil? All up to you.
Have you been making soup this winter? I'm always on the lookout for new soup recipe, so do share!
Note: I have entered this recipe in the Winter Warmer Recipe Competition held by the Co-operative Electrical. In my defence I chose the name of my recipe before I was aware of said competition, but the coincidence hinted towards my participation don't you think? If you are a blogger and have a winter warmer recipe too, head over to www.coopelectricalshop.co.uk to look over the details. Good luck!