It's ok if the carrot pieces aren't all the same size--they're going to be purréed. We found that a food processor works better than a blender for this recipe.
4 teaspoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
2 pounds carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans vegetable broth
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine 4 teaspoons melted butter, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and carrots in a jelly roll pan or shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray; toss to coat. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes or until tender, stirring every 10 minutes.
Place the carrot mixture, water, and oregano in a food processor, and process until smooth.
Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the ground cumin, and cook 30 seconds or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add pureed carrot mixture, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, honey, juice, and broth, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Used homegrown yellow carrots that I preroasted/carmelized with EVOO, sugar, salt substitute & fresh ground pepper (convection oven, 300F, 3 hrs), and 4-5 cloves roasted garlic. Used broth, too, for pureeing -- it was too thick to process with just water. Pureed in 2 batches, then all together in a 7c processor (yes, it was FULL). Used Nellie & Joeâs Famous Key West Key Lime Juice & fresh oregano (soup was good without lime juice, too). Also added a little sea salt. Served with corn muffins.
I admit I used frozen carrots, but this had no flavor for me. Will eat it as an appetizer for fiber and nutritional reasons, but not because I like it. Will try again with fresh carrots and cayenne pepper for kick. Very disappointed.
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