David Prince
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Yield
Makes about 3 1/2 qts. (serving size: 1 cup)

Rather than stirring the herbs into the soup, try setting out bowls of dill and tarragon--along with some crème fraîche or sour cream for dolloping--and let guests do the garnishing themselves.

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt butter in a large pot (at least 5 qts.) over medium-high heat, then add onions. Cook until onions are translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, carrots, bay leaf, rice, 2 tsp. salt, pepper, and chicken broth.

Step 2

Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-high and cook, uncovered, until carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes.

Step 3

Remove bay leaf and purée soup in batches in a blender. Return soup to pot and set over low heat. Add whipping cream and 2 cups water (if soup looks too thick, add a little more water) and cook until warmed through. Season to taste with additional salt.

Step 4

Serve soup hot, with crème fraîche or sour cream, dill, and tarragon.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cup.

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