Friday, December 12, 2014

Roasted Chestnut Carrot & Curry Soup


    We had a big dumping of snow yesterday.  Like lots. Not Boston like lots but enough where tredging to work in not quite adequate boots made for one not so pleasant trip. Especially when working a fifteen hour day only to put your boots back on to go home and realize they're still wet.

Yep. Gross.

I learned my lesson.

Today I unboxed my storm troopers aka waterproof boots and I am not looking back. Not ever.

So what does this have to do with soup? Lots, because there is nothing better then the combo of  snowy days and hot bowls of homemade soup to keep you cozy. Even when you walked with wet socks for forty minutes.

carrot and chestnut soup - butterflyfood

roasted chestnut carrot & curry soup
serves 4-6

2 lb bag carrots, peeled and chopped
1 leek sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 ½ tsp curry powder
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp smoked paprika
200 g roasted chestnuts peeled and chopped (or chestnut puree)
1 tsp fresh thyme plus extra for sprinkling
5 cups vegetable or chicken stock
2 cups Natrel Lactose free milk
salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup Natrel Lactose free cream for garnish
Smoked sea salt for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400°

Cut a ‘X’ into the chestnuts with a small serrated knife, making sure to slice deep enough past the shell.  Place on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 15-20mins. The ‘x’ in the chestnuts should start to open and peel back slightly.  Let cool slightly, peel the shells off and chop roughly.

In a large saucepan on medium heat, add the olive oil, leeks and garlic. Cook until fragrant and the leeks have softened. Add the carrots and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the chestnuts, spices, thyme and stock.  Cook for 20 minutes until the carrots are nice and soft.  Blend in a blender or hand blender until smooth.  Add the milk and place back on the heat until piping hot. 
Add a swirl of cream, sprinkle with smoked salt and thyme and serve.


1. Have you guys seen this amazing gingerbread farm?
2. Or checked out the cookie party we've been baking up over at baked
3. This year I plan on wrapping all my presents like this
4. And getting crafty by making my bearded man something to tame those manly facial locks.
5. And lastly really trying to drink this daily but failing.

Happy weekend all!


Kris said...

This soup looks amazing, your photos are stunning as usual, and that photo of you--WHOA!! #babetown :)

Ash said...

haha, thanks Kris!

Alanna Taylor-Tobin said...

Oh my goodness, this soup looks exquisite!