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Carrot Soup with Orange and Ginger

Ingredients

  • 3 tbl olive oil
  • 2 leeks (thinly sliced)
  • 1 lb carrots (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 1 medium-sized potato (peeled and coarsely diced)
  • 1 1/2 tsp peeled and minced/grated fresh ginger
  • 5 c chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 c fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Thin orange slices for garnish (optional)

Recipe

In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil.

Add the leeks and sauté until just slightly softened, about 3 minutes.

Add the carrots, potato and ginger and sauté until the vegetables are just softened, about 5 minutes more.

Add the stock, cover partially and simmer until the vegetables are completely softened, about 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat.

In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches, leaving some texture, and return the soup to the pan.

Set the pan over medium heat and stir in the orange juice and zest. Season with salt and white pepper.

Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and garnish each serving with an orange slice and a sprig of mint.

Serves 4 to 6.

From Chitra Rao's recipe in the Boston Examiner

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