This winter has been great in Vail, but as usual, we are praying for more snow! When it is cold outside, I have the perfect recipe to warm up you and your family that is healthy, easy and delicious! Serve this satisfying soup with a nice salad and some warm bread for the perfect winter dinner! Pair with a nice Chardonnay to complete the meal!
Purée of Carrot Soup
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 leek, sliced (white part only)
1 shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 large carrots peeled and chopped
2.5 cups chicken stock, or enough to cover
Salt and Pepper to taste
Pinch of Chinese 5-Spice (or if you don’t have any, use a pinch of cinnamon)
1/2 cup heavy cream
Croutons and green part of scallion to garnish
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, shallot and garlic. Cook over a low heat until soft, without browning. Add a pinch of salt. Add the chopped carrots, stir and then add the chicken stock.
Bring to a boil and simmer until the carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Purée the soup with a hand blender until smooth or mix carefully in a blender. Season the soup with salt, pinch of Chinese 5-Spice and finish with heavy cream. Garnish with croutons and scallions. Enjoy!!