There are three reasons why I call this Zippy Carrot Soup:
- It is zippy to make – quick, easy and thrown together with a few basic items I have in the bottom of the fridge. From start to finish, it takes me less than 30 minutes to make (and I don’t need to do anything at all for 20 of them)
- It shares its vibrant ochre hue with that much loved 80s tv character – Zippy from Rainbow
- Like it’s cheeky namesake, it is loved by children – young and old!
For a zing in autumn, I add 20g of fresh root ginger, minced into the pot along the garlic. Grown-ups might also like the addition of some chilli flakes for added pep. This fills my kitchen with the scent of a Thai sunset – prefect for banishing the winter blues.Print
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 500g Carrots
- 200g Sweet Potato
- 1 medium red onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1tbsp ground coriander
- 20g fresh root ginger
- 1 litre of vegetable stock
- ½ tsp dried chilli flakes (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Begin by prepping the veg. Peel and dice the onion, carrots and sweet potato.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Gently sweat the onions, garlic and ginger with a pinch of salt – this will help to draw out the moisture and soften the onions. After 2-3 minutes of cooking, add the carrots and sweet potato alongside the ground coriander and chilli flakes (if using). Stir everything together and gently fry for a further 3-5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make up 1 litre of vegetable stock according to the instructions on your packet. I like to use Marigold Vegetable Bouillon powder which I make with 4 tsps to every 1 litre of freshly boiled water from the kettle.
- Pour the vegetable stock over the veg and stir everything together. Bring up to a gentle simmer before clamping on the pan lid. Set the timer for 20 minutes and wait.
- When the timer pings, whiz everything together using a stick blender or liquidiser. You want a smooth, velvety soup with no bits in it. Taste a little and season according to your preference with a little salt and pepper.
- Serve with warm crusty bread. Any leftovers will keep in the fridge for several days afterwards.
- Category: soup, autumn
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