- 1 bunch of carrots; cleaned, peeled, and cut into 3 inch long by half an inch wide strips
- 1 lb. parsnips; cleaned, peeled, and cut into 3 inch long by half an inch wide strips
- 1 green stem of green garlic; roughly chopped (or use 1 leek, thoroughly cleaned)
- Sea salt and fresh black pepper; to taste
- Crushed red pepper; to taste
- A dash of freshly grated nutmeg or 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
- A generous drizzle of Olive oil
- 1 tsp. red balsamic vinegar
- 2 to 3 cups of chicken or vegetable stock/broth
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of organic cream or unsweetened, plain soy/nut milk (amount depends on personal taste)
- Garnish: Garlic/Onion Chives, finely snipped and crushed Pink Peppercorns or fresh black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Toss carrots, parsnips, green garlic, sea salt, fresh black pepper, crushed red pepper, and olive oil over a foil or parchment lined baking sheet.
- Roast for about 30 minutes, until the carrots are soft. Remove from the oven and let cool.
- Place all ingredients and balsamic vinegar in the bowl of a food processor to puree until smooth. Meanwhile, as the motor is running, gradually add broth/stock to smooth out the puree. The mixture will be slightly chunky, but puree smooth as much as you can.
- Place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl. Working in batches, place puree in the strainer. Using a metal spoon, press puree against the strainer’s mesh to extract the soup. (This is a tedious process, but worth the effort. If you don’t want to strain the soup, skip this step. Add more stock in step 4 for a smoother texture).
- Return puree soup to a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add cream/soy/nut milk. Return soup to a simmer, but don’t boil.
- Ladle soup into individual bowls. Garnish with chives and pink or black pepper.
Enjoy with your favorite warm slice of wheat or whole-grain bread.
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