If you are anything like us, you are really into soups this time of the year! The most important thing to us with any soup is flavor, flavor, flavor! And this Spiced Carrot Ginger and Fennel Soup has layers of flavors that will leave you licking the bowl and heading back for seconds! This is a nice light and healthy option that can be made as an appetizer soup or as a dinner serving.
The Humble Carrot
When fall starts, it seems like pumpkin becomes the dominant orange vegetable. Sweet potatoes and squash (like acorn and butternut) also get quite a few headlines. But the humble carrot always seems to be relegated to beef stew, a base for stock or baby food.
There’s a reason why carrots are in a classic mirepoix and are part of the foundation in almost every quality stock! They’re amazing vegetables. So let’s get away from the pumpkin or butternut squash soup for a bit and roll out this carrot soup!
I will admit that carrot soup was never something that got me too excited. But when fall blows into town, and you need a break from super-heavy comfort food, this soup delivers.
The Key to an Amazing Carrot Soup
This is more than just a carrot soup, though.
This isn’t just a carrot puree…no way. It’s packed with flavor and has some interesting ingredients that aren’t often found in soups like this. It’s also easy and nobody should have problems finding carrots!
A few important additions and techniques that make this soup really pop!
In the end it is quite subtle, but it really brightens up the carrots.
- Fennel and Spices.
Secondly, fresh fennel bulb is roasted and added to the soup, bringing a nice flavor addition that is further complimented by a little star anise and toasted fennel seeds. I’m a huge fan of fennel and the addition here is fantastic!
Last, using the technique of roasting half of the carrots helps intensify and deepen the flavor of the soup. Just like most vegetables, there is a lot more water in a carrot than you think, and if it goes directly into the soup, the water goes with it! Roasting softens the carrot, maybe even a tiny bit of caramelization as well, but it also evaporates some water that allows the soup to have more carrot punch.
Can I make it vegan?
You betcha! And we don’t say that much about our recipes, but this one is quite easy to modify. Swapping out the butter for olive oil is completely acceptable, and you can easily use coconut cream in place of the heavy cream in this recipe without losing or significantly changing the flavor profile.
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Spiced Carrot Ginger and Fennel Soup! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below, or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
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