I’ve been craving carrot soup – strange as I’ve never had it before – but anyway it’s been sounding really good so I got online and hunted down a recipe – this one uses carrots and peppers, both of which I have on hand – so I thought I’d give it a try.  It was actually pretty easy to make and tastes pretty good! I think it will be yummy with crusty butter or garlic bread tonight!

I doubled this recipe so it’s supposed to be 4 servings when doubled. Also, for the peppers (I used an orange and red pepper instead of 2 orange ones), I broiled them but what I did was simply cut them in half, forced the half down on the pan so it cracked and laid flat, cut it in that broken seam area and then broiled them – then I just put a glass lid on top to steam instead of putting into a bag and used a sharp knife blade to peel the skins – worked great.

Ingredients: (approximate amounts)

1 Tbsp butter
1 medium sweet onion
3-4 carrots
1 large orange bell pepper
1 Tbsp sherry or white wine
1/8 tsp each: thyme, rosemary, marjoram
2 cups water or stock
1/2 tsp each salt and black pepper
2 Tbsp creamed coconut or
1/2 cup coconut milkor
1/4 cup light cream
1/4 cup sour cream

Method:

Melt butter in the bottom of a heavy bottomed pan. Slice onion thinly and saute over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until onions are soft. Peel (if desired) and coarsely chop carrots. Raise heat to medium-high and add carrots and herbs, stirring for 1 minute, then deglaze pot with sherry or wine. Add water or stock, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until carrots are soft. About halfway through add creamed coconut (if using).

Meanwhile, cut bell pepper into 6ths and place skin side up on a broiling pan. Broil 6 inches from heat source until skins start to blacken, about 10 minutes. Place in a paper bag and let steam for a few minutes. Then peal off the skins.

Put bell pepper strips in a blender along with the soup. Puree until very smooth. Pour back into pot over heat, and add salt and pepper, coconut milk or light cream (if using), and sour cream. Stir well.

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