Carrot and Ginger Soup with Pears
- Yield: servings
- 2teaspoons olive oil
- 4medium carrots, peeled And roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
- 1small white onion, peeled And roughly chopped
- 1clove garlic, peeled and minced
- 3tablespoons peeled, minced Fresh ginger (see note)
- 1cup peeled, cubed butternut squash
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced
- 4 1/2cups basic vegetable stock or water
- 1 1/2teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
- 12-ounce can coconut milk, or 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 pear, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 -inch dice
- sliced chives
- In a 2-quart stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the carrots and onion, and cook for several minutes, stirring often, until softened. Add the garlic, ginger, squash, and apple. Saute until the garlic and ginger are fragrant.
- Add the stock and salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender.
- In blender or in the bowl of a food processor, puree the soup until smooth. Add the coconut milk and taste, then add salt to taste. Reheat before serving.
- Serve the soup very hot in warmed soup bowls with some diced pear and a sprinkling of chives.
- Note: To peel ginger, scrape off the skin with a spoon.
- Set off the soup’s beautiful color with a combination of green onion tops and fresh chopped parsley or cilantro.
- Toast whole-wheat bread, cut into croutons, and float a few in each bowl.
From Cooking with the Seasons at Rancho La Puerta.