Try out this highly rated creamy carrot soup that is easy to make and offers comfort as well as nutrition. Carrots are high in vitamin A and also have a naturally sweet flavor when cooked.
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or parsley
5 cups chopped carrots
2 cups water
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
½ cup half-and-half (optional)
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Heat butter and oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until the butter melts. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and thyme (or parsley); cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds.
Stir in carrots. Add water and broth; bring to a lively simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until very tender, about 25 minutes.
Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth. Stir in half-and-half (if using), salt and pepper.
Serving Size: About 2 cups
Per Serving: 176 calories; protein 6.8g; carbohydrates 21.7g; dietary fiber 5.2g; sugars 9.2g; fat 8.3g; saturated fat 2.8g; cholesterol 7.6mg; vitamin a iu 26873.8IU; vitamin c 12.6mg; folate 39.5mcg; calcium 81.2mg; iron 1.1mg; magnesium 27.5mg; potassium 794.8mg; sodium 486.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg
Printable recipe available at https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249990/carrot-soup/