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Carrot Turmeric Soup

(You can leave the turmeric out of carrot turmeric soup and you’d be left with regular carrot soup, just like magic!) Really the only reason I added turmeric is because I had some fresh turmeric rhizomes. You ever do that? Find something unusual at your regular store and buy it before you know what to do with it? I do that ALL THE TIME.

Carrot turmeric soup - add fresh turmeric rhizomes or dried turmeric to this simple carrot soup for a peppery bite, a golden color, and anti-inflammatory benefits! Hilahcooking.com

That habit of mine is why I end up with things like turmeric in my carrot soup. You should try it, too, and then we’ll be turmeric buddies!

If you’ve never used fresh turmeric, it’s kind of a treat. While the dried, powdered form really just adds color to a dish, the fresh rhizomes — turmeric is related to ginger –are a little perky and peppery in that gingery way, but with earthy undertones. (Speaking of, my friend Laurel usually adds a little fresh ginger to her carrot soup, too, which is delicious.)

You might be tempted to increase the turmeric, given it’s many health benefits, but you might not be happy with the flavor. An approximately 2-inch length of fresh turmeric root is the max. Any more and the soup takes on a bit of a “dirt” flavor which impedes deliciousness.

This soup is light and delightful and would be so good if you wanted to stir in a spoonful of this cilantro pesto at the end; or maybe try this coconut relish? Or make it easier on yourself and swirl in some plain yogurt. Or make it the easiest on yourself and just eat the damn soup.

Chris and I will eat this whole pot of soup between us for dinner. It makes either two big bowls that are satisfying for an entire meal, or four small bowls that make a nice starter course. The nutrition info is for four small servings. Another nutrition note: I don’t peel my carrots. The vitamins in most vegetables and fruits are concentrated in the skin or just under it. ¬†Scrub them well with a soft brush and rinse!

Carrot turmeric soup - add fresh turmeric rhizomes or dried turmeric to this simple carrot soup for a peppery bite, a golden color, and anti-inflammatory benefits! Hilahcooking.com

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Carrot Turmeric Soup

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  • Yield: 4 cups

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter

2 cups diced onion (1 large onion)

1 pound carrots, scrubbed and diced

1 large clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds (or 1/4 teaspoon ground)

1 small (about 2 inches long) turmeric rhizome, thinly sliced (or 1 tablespoon ground)

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

Instructions

Saute the onion in the coconut oil until softened. Add remaining ingredients except broth and saute another 60 seconds.

Add broth.

To cook in InstantPot: Saute onion in the InstantPot on saute function. Add remaining ingredients, cover and pressure cook over high heat for 5 minutes. Release pressure manually.

To cook on stove: cover and boil 20-30 minutes until carrots are tender. You will need to check occasionally to be sure there is enough liquid in the pot.

Puree soup with an immersion blender or standard blender, but be careful when blending hot liquids and hold the blender lid on tight with a dishtowel. Pressure building up in the jar can force the lid off and then you’ll have hot soup all over yourself and your kitchen.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 113
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 17
  • Protein: 3

 

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