Welcome to the first in a series of posts with my RIDICULOUSLY Easy Recipes! Today we will make Easy Carrot Soup.
Here’s the thing, I am a busy woman. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to feed my family home cooked meals. Of course I do. They have to be quick and easy, though, if they are going to make it into the rotation. Over the years, I have developed and refined some recipes that taste fantastic, but can be whipped together with very little trouble (most times, very little thought. LOL.)
If you ask my kids, they will tell you I’m a great cook. No, I haven’t kept them locked up. They’ve eaten in some of the finest restaurants in the world. They know good food.
The trick is twofold: First, make dishes that are easy but don’t TASTE like they were easy (that’s what this series is about). Second, take ownership. If I put two plates in front of my kids that are absolutely identical, but I tell them that one is “Mommy’s Spaghetti” (or carrot Soup, or anything) they will choose that one every time. I don’t even have to be there. What does Mommy mean to you? Comfort? Love? Yes! Who wouldn’t choose something with “Mommy” in the name??
Of course, it doesn’t have to be MY recipe. My kids love “Aunt Lorena’s Pasta” (Which their Aunt Lorena made for me once when I was a newlywed, which she doesn’t even remember. But hey, give credit where credit’s due.) and Pat’s (their oh so clever name for my father) Spaghetti Sauce. Both are laughably easy. But they’re traditions for my kids. Just because they’re simple doesn’t mean they aren’t important!!
So, I am going to share some of these recipes with you so that you can have some simple, delicious dishes in your repertoire as well.
I love to COOK. I hate to BAKE. In my mind, the distinction is simple. Precision. I hate it. I went to law school because I can’t do math. I don’t want to measure ingredients out to 1/8 of a teaspoon, for God’s Sake. If you need precision, this is not the recipe series for you. However, if you like to read through a simple set of directions, then set off and make it your own..Sweetheart, we’re going to get on famously!
Without further ado, here it is…My RIDICULOUSLY Easy Carrot Soup.
What you need:
Baby Carrots (I used 3 2 lb bags)
Yellow onion (1)
Potatoes (I used 4)
Chicken Broth (I used three cartons)
Here’s a photo of the ingredients
So, grab a pot. Got it? OK, time to cook!
Dump the bags of baby carrots (Do they even grow the regular ones anymore? the ones you have to peel?) into the pot. Peel the onion and cut it (in half, in quarters…doesn’t matter. My rule with onions is “If you’re crying, you’ve chopped it too much.”). Peel the potatoes and cut each one in half. Throw the onion and potatoes on top of the carrots. Pour chicken broth over the veggies until they’re just covered. Throw in some minced Garlic.
Now, put the pot on the stove, and bring the brew to a boil. Enjoy the way it fills your house with delicious smells. read a book, or watch some Netflix.
I start checking it after it’s been boiling for about 15 minutes. Just take a fork and pierce one of those darling baby carrots. You want the fork to go in pretty easily, but not mushy carrots. Once you’re there, turn off the heat, and let it sit for about 10 minutes to cool a bit.
When you’re ready, pour out some of the broth. You needed it all to cook with, but you won’t need it all for the soup. Pour some into a bowl.
Now for the secret weapon: The Amazing Hand Blender!!! Mine’s from Cuisinart. I use it all the time, and it makes quick work of soup. You can pick up one like it here.
Take the hand blender, and immerse it in what’s left in the pot. move the blender around to blend all the ingredients together until the soup has a smooth consistency. If it’s too thick, add some of the broth back in. blend to your desired texture. Season with salt and pepper.
TAAA DAAA!!!!!! You made soup! Congratulations!
This soup is great served with a crusty baguette. The color is gorgeous, it smells great, and it’s a perfect comfort food. The potato makes it nice and creamy without the need for cream. Healthy!
This “Recipe” make A LOT of soup! Behold:
Here’s the best part: You can do this with almost any vegetable. It’s like magic. I have made this with all sorts of things instead of the carrots: corn, asparagus, roasted brussels sprouts, and others. I adjust the cooking time for smaller vegetables, but they all turn out delicious.
There it is…your first RIDICULOUSLY Easy Recipe. If you try it, I’d love to see pics or hear about your experience. Leave a comment below.
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