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Creamy Leek and Ginger Soup with Carrot-Puree Swirl

Serves: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 5 to 6 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 pounds leeks (about 3 large), white and pale green parts only, chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and trimmed, cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 cup potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish


Procedures:

This light soup is made creamy by pureeing the leeks and potatoes, not by adding any dairy. The ginger is a surprise, adding a pleasant zing to the mix, while the bright orange swirl of pureed carrot atop each serving adds both color and flavor.

In a 3- or 4-quart saucepan or saucier, combine 4 cups of the broth, the leeks, carrots, potatoes, ginger, tomato paste, garlic, and ½ teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Adjust the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender. Let cool slightly, then lift the carrots from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside.

Process the soup directly in the pot until very smooth, with an immersion blender. Alternatively, working in batches, transfer to a stand blender or food processor and process until very smooth. Add a small amount of the remaining broth to thin the soup to preferred consistency, and then return to the saucepan.

Place the curry in a small saucepan over low heat for 1 minute. Add the reserved carrot pieces and ½ cup of the remaining chicken broth and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove form the heat. Puree the carrot mixture with an immersion blender. Or, puree the mixture in a stand blender or food processor. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt.

Reheat the soup and season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls, and swirl a spoonful of the carrot puree in the center of each bowl. Garnish with the cilantro leaves and serve hot.

by Sur La Table & Andrews McMeel Publishing, Things Cooks Love

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