Spiced Carrot & Ginger Soup

“This is a handy soup that is easy to make and actually doesn’t need any stock, which is a major bonus. It also has the most fantastic vibrant colour and costs little or nothing to make. What more could you want?”
serves 4-6
vegetarian
Cooks in 1 hour
Difficulty quite easy

Ingredients

knob of butter
2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
20g root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
675g carrots, grated
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
900ml boiling water
1 tablespoon soured cream
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander (optional)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

1.
Melt the butter in a large pan. Add the celery and ginger, then cook gently for 4-5 minutes until softened but not coloured, stirring occasionally. Stir in the carrot, cumin, maple syrup and lemon juice and season with a pinch of salt and plenty of pepper.
2.
Pour the boiling water into the carrot mixture and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes until slightly reduced and the carrots are tender.
3.
Remove the soup from the heat and blitz with a hand blender until smooth. To serve, ladle into warmed bowls. Drizzle a little soured cream into each one and garnish down the middle with a thin line of coriander, if liked.

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