Thursday, October 18, 2012

Carrot Soup with Garlic Croutons

As a part of Vegan MoFo I decided to dedicate my Thursday posts to recreating my family's favorite recipes - vegan style. My hope is that no one would be able to taste the difference!
 

I'm so excited to share today's family favorite recipe! This carrot soup cooking on the stove means that fall has arrived. The recipe was from my Mom's father, who is the resident gourmet in the family. It's delicious and creamy, and very easy to make!



I decided to veganize our carrot soup (not too hard actually - just subbing out cream with some almond milk) and it tastes just right! I added some quick homeade croutons on top, since I always love some bread with my soup.


Carrot Soup 
serves 6-8

5 C carrots, chopped
1 C potatoes, chopped
3/4 C onion, chopped
1/2 stick vegan butter
4 C vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 C almond milk

Chop and prep your carrots, potatoes and onions. Melt the vegan butter in a deep pot and saute the vegetables for 10 minutes over medium heat.

Add in the vegetable broth, bay leaf and salt and pepper. Cover and lower heat. Gently simmer for 45 minutes.

Puree the soup in a blender in batches as needed, and return to the pot.
Stir in 2 C almond milk and heat through. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Garlic Croutons
6-8 slices of sourdough bread
2 Tbsp vegan butter
garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste

Slice the sourdough bread into cubes.

Heat the vegan butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add in the bread slices and top with some garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Lightly toast until slightly browned on all sides. Remove from heat and add to your soup.


I just love the bright orange color! Even though I made a huge batch and froze some, I know I'll be making this soup again throughout the winter. What is your favorite soup to make this time of year?
 


Thanks for stopping by!

14 comments:

  1. that looks great! i'm not usually a fan of carrot soup because it's too "carrotty", but i'm sure with the addition of potatoes and almond milk it's just right! the addition of croutons is a fantastic idea!

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    1. This soup is pretty carrotty, but you could always tone down the carrots and add in more potatoes if you wanted! :)

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  2. yum, I love carrot soup. My dad makes killer carrot soup.

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  3. This sounds so nutritious and delicious! I'd love to have some right now! :9
    I'll have to save this recipe and try it out soon. Hopefully on a really nice, cloudy and chilly day. :)


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    1. This soup is perfect for a chilly day! :)

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  4. Beautiful! What color! And I love the addition of homemade sourdough croutons. That really takes the comfort of soup to the next level.

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  5. Love this! Your post couldn't have come at a better time - I am making a Carrot Soup this weekend too :)

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  6. I do not make carrot soup enough- I used to make a curried apple carrot soup that was pretty awesome, but I haven't made it in awhile. I need to try yours, and definitely add the croutons. Yum!

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    1. I know, I don't make it too often either. It takes some time to peel all those carrots... but it's worth it! :)

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  7. Yum!!! I love carrot soup, but have not actually tried making it at home before. Silly, I know! I cannot wait to try this out. I love that you did vegan versions of family favs during Vegan Mofo. Keep it up! I loved all the recipes :) So comforting, as they remind me of recipes I loved as a kid :)

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    1. Thanks Courtney! I had so much fun doing the family favorites, I will definitely continue them!

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