I’m in a soup kick at the moment. Last week it was the butternut squash soup, the week before that the turnip-kale one and, finally, this week, the roasted carrot and garlic soup. Warm and smooth soup is hard to beat around this time of the year, particularly when you live in a part of the world that has been unlucky (and, apparently, will continue to be) with the weather for a couple of weeks now.
This soup in particular requires minimal effort to make and you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry. All you have to do is to chop a few carrots (if using organic, like I did, you don’t even need to peel them), roast them until sweet and dark around the edges and blend them with a few cups of stock and water to make a perfect, velvety cream.
The dukkah is equally easy and straight-forward to make, adding texture and an extra layer of flavour to the soup. The recipe bellow makes way more than what you’ll actually need for this particular dish, so feel free to use it in other preparations as well. A few tried and tested ideas: as a crust to pan-fried tofu or tempeh, on top of a kale and avocado salad and blended into a roasted tomato sauce. I’m sure you can come up with more ideas on how to use it though; the possibilities are endless. Enjoy the soup and I’ll be coming back next week with another recipe for cold weather weeknight meals.
Roasted Carrot Soup with Garlic and Dukkah
- 900 g / 11 medium sized carrots, coarsely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 45 g / 1 garlic head
- 625 ml / 2 1/2 cups water
- 625 ml / 2 ½ cups low sodium vegetable stock
For the dukkah:
- 48 g /1/3 cup hazelnuts
- 80 g / ½ cup sesame seeds
- 2 Tablespoons coriander seeds
- 1 Tablespoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon salt
- wedges of lemon juice, to serve
- Pre heat the oven to 180 C. Linea large baking tray with parchment paper. Add the carrots, oil, salt and cinnamon to it.
- Grab a piece of aluminium foil(15 by 15 centimetres is more than enough) and add a drizzle of olive oil over it. Place the garlic head, cut side down, over the foil and add a pinch or two of salt. Wrap the foil around the garlic head and put it in the oven, along with the carrots. Roast the vegetables for 45-60 minutes, or until the carrot sare tender and golden brown.
- In a pot over medium-high heat, heat the stock and the water until boiling point. Once boiling, decrease the heat to low and let it simmer until needed.
- Add the carrots to the bowl of a high speed blender. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins and add them to the bowl as well. Add the water and stock and process until smooth(you might have to do this in batches, as a regular blender doesn’t hold such amount of food and liquid all at once). Have a taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- In the meantime, put a large skillet over medium heat and, once hot, add the hazelnuts and toast them for 2to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Place the hazelnuts into a clean kitchen towel and rub the towel to peel off their skins. Add the sesame, coriander and cumin seeds to the same skillet and toast until the spices smell fragrant and the sesame seeds have darkened just a bit.
- Add the toasted nuts, seeds and salt to the bowl of a food processor and process until you have a sand-like mixture. Serve the dukkah over the soup along with a squeeze of lemon juice.The dukkah will keep, stored in a jar, for a couple of weeks.