This Carrot and Ginger Soup with Lemon is one of my favorite spring soups. It’s beautiful color and light, bright flavors are always a hit. Serve it as a first course or with a salad as a light lunch and you can’t go wrong.
Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lemon
This is a beautiful spring soup! I like to make it with the yellow grape tomatoes if you can find them in the produce section. The yellow tomatoes give the soup a bright orange hue that I like. Red tomatoes, canned or fresh, are fine; the color of the soup will just be a bit darker. Here I’ve garnished the soup with Greek Yogurt and fennel fronds but use your imagination and have fun with the presentation.
- 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil or Butter
- 2 leeks cleaned and chopped
- 1 ½ tablespoon fresh ginger finely chopped peeled
- 1 clove Garlic minced
- 1 pound carrots peeled, chopped
- 1 cup tomatoes* preferrably fresh, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
- 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock preferably homemade
- Suggested garnish: Fresh Herbs Yogurt, sour cream, croutons or popcorn
Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add leeks sauté 5 minutes. Add ginger and garlic then sauté 2 - 3 minutes. Add the carrots, tomatoes and lemon peel, sauté 1 minute. Add the chicken stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover partially and simmer until carrots are very tender, about 20 minutes. Cool.
Puree soup in batches in blender or with a food mill. Return soup to pot. Season with salt and pepper.
Make ahead: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.
Bring soup to simmer, thinning with more stock, if needed. Ladle into bowls. Garnish as desired. Suggested garnishes: fresh herbs, yogurt, sour cream or popcorn.
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