This is a thick puree of carrots and sweet potatoes garnished with a zesty cranberry topping. Storing and transporting is easy: Place one cup soup, about one tablespoon relish, and 1 1/2 teaspoons parsley in separate containers. To serve, reheat the soup; combine the relish and parsley, and garnish. Crisp breadsticks and a small wedge of sharp cheddar cheese complete the meal.
1/4 cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon chopped shallots (1 medium)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 large carrots, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces (about 4 1/2 ounces)
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut in 2-inch chunks (about 3/4 pound)
1 small onion, cut into 8 wedges (about 14 ounces)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
How to Make It
To prepare relish, combine the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
Preheat oven to 400°.
To prepare soup, combine carrots, sweet potato, and onion on a jelly-roll pan; drizzle with oil. Toss to coat. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and just beginning to brown, stirring after 15 minutes.
Place vegetables, broth, and ginger in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Place half of vegetable mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour pureed mixture into a large bowl; repeat procedure with remaining vegetable mixture. Stir in salt and pepper. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 4 bowls. Stir parsley into relish. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon relish mixture.
I'm not really a cooked carrot or a sweet potato kind of person but this was a great soup, though the relish had way too much of a bite for me (way too much shallot). It overpowered the soup. Without the relish it still needed something, so when I had my leftovers (which were amazing, btw), I sprinkled in some curry to round out the flavor. I bet some cinnamon, or garam masala would work well too.
This was very good. I put in four or five cloves of garlic in with the roasted veggies. I realized where the onion flavor was coming from that other reviewers mentioned- the shallot in my cranberry relish turned out incredibly strong! I ended up having to re-make it and put in a very small amount of shallot. Otherwise, great recipe and very quick. I will make again.