Alice Waters' Carrot Soup

“Whether we are in times of crisis or times of peace, gathering family and friends together around the table and sharing food is one of the most powerful and life-affirming acts we can do. And there is nothing more comforting and nourishing than a bowl of warm soup.”—Alice Waters

By | February 19, 2018

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter, plus more if needed
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 2½ pounds carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ cup whipped cream or creme fraiche (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Small handful chervil, chives, or tarragon, finely chopped (optional)
  • A spoonful of cumin seeds (optional)

Preparation

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the carrots, season with salt, and cook for 5 minutes. (Cooking the carrots with the onions for a while concentrates the flavor.) Add the stock and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the carrots are tender, about 30 minutes. When done, season with salt to taste and puree, if desired.

Serve the soup warm. Garnish with a bit of whipped cream or creme fraiche seasoned with salt and pepper and chopped chervil, chives, or tarragon. Alternatively, heat some butter or olive oil, sizzle a spoonful of cumin seeds in it, and spoon this over the soup as a garnish instead.

About this recipe

Recipe from Soup for Syria, edited and photographed by Barbara Abdeni Massaad, Interlink Books, 2015

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter, plus more if needed
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 2½ pounds carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ cup whipped cream or creme fraiche (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Small handful chervil, chives, or tarragon, finely chopped (optional)
  • A spoonful of cumin seeds (optional)
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