For this carrot and ginger soup use organic carrots, if possible. Flavor-wise, they’re so superior to ordinary store-bought carrots. You can skip peeling them if the skins look nice and “appealing” after they’ve been scrubbed. When I make this soup, I feed all the carrot tops to the goats. Also, make sure to use the freshest ginger you can find for a bright flavor.–Maggie Foard
LC Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts Note
Let’s not deny it—the components of this soup are great on their own. Fromage blanc is always good for a quick nosh, maybe slathered over some artisanal bread. Cilantro pesto is fresh, fragrant, and unexpected. And, of course, carrot and ginger soup is an established favorite. Combine these elements and you get a soup that’s greater than the sum of its parts—creamy, piquant, sweet, and a score of other adjectives, all at once.
Carrot and Ginger Soup with Fromage Blanc and Cilantro Pesto Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 55 M
- Serves 6
- For the cilantro pesto
- 1 cup packed cilantro leaves
- 1 jalapeño, finely minced, and seeds discarded
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, [toast 5 minutes at 325°F (160°C)]
- 2 tablespoons or so olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- For the carrot and ginger soup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 very large onion, diced
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 to 4 tablespoon grated ginger
- 3 pounds organic carrots, cut into chunks
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock, preferably homemade
- One 5.5-ounce tub Harley Farm fromage blanc or some crumbled chèvre
- Cilantro Pesto (above)
- Make the cilantro pesto
- 1. Place the cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, pumpkin seeds, olive oil and salt into the food processor or mini-chop and pulse until combined.
- Make the carrot and ginger soup
- 2. Melt the butter and oil in a soup pot. Add the onion and cook slowly until soft; then add the garlic and ginger. Stir and cook another minute or so.
- 3. Add the carrots, salt and stock. Bring to a boil and then turn down and simmer for about 30 minutes.
- 4. Puree the carrot-ginger mixture with a hand blender or carefully mash the carrots until the soup is blended but not too smooth. Serve the carrot and ginger soup with a dollop of fromage blanc and a drizzle of the pesto.
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Carrot and Ginger Soup with Fromage Blanc and Cilantro Pesto Recipe © 2009 Maggie Foard. Photo © 2009 Lori Sang Hsu. All rights reserved.