Seasonal autumn carrot, fennel, and apple soup

This recipe was tucked in amidst the broccoli crowns, leeks, fennel, avocados, Kabocha squash, Nantes carrots, and Fuji apples in last week’s Farm Fresh To You box. I like carrots just fine – raw, in stir-frys, and in salads – but never thought to make soup from them. Good thing I tried this. It’s why I signed up for this CSA home delivery in the first place – it’s easier to push my culinary boundaries when presented with a box of vegetables and a new recipe.

This soup is sweeter and more orange than you might expect, and even when you think it’s smooth enough, puree several minutes longer for optimal texture.

The soup is on the thick side with the 3-1/2 cups of stock the recipe calls for. I saved half to use as a sauce for pasta and added another 1-1/2 cup of stock to the other half for a fine, thin, soup. Here it is served with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg as a the first course for a tilapia and spinach dinner:

 

This soup is also a great accompaniment to these turkey, pumpkin, and cranberry wraps for a hearty and healthy lunch.

Freeze the thicker soup in small batches. For a quick weekday meal, defrost and heat, than ladle over goat cheese ravioli serve with a tossed green salad.

Here is your recipe; enjoy!

Carrot, fennel, and apple soup
 
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Recipe type: soup
Serves: 4-8
Ingredients
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, white part only, cut into wedges
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • kosher salt
  • 3½ cups chicken or vegetable stock
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit
  2. Place carrots, apples, and fennel onto a baking sheet and coat evenly with olive oil.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes. (carrots may still be slightly firm, that's fine).
  4. Remove carrots, apples, and fennel from the oven and put into a large saucepan.
  5. Add garlic, ginger, and a pinch of kosher salt.
  6. Pour stock over the vegetables.
  7. Bring just to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Using a hand mixer or blender, puree the soup.

 

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