When I was a baby, I refused to eat anything that was not orange. My diet subsisted of carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes. As a result, the pigment in my face turned a yellow-ish shade of orange, and I looked like the most jaundiced child you had ever seen. My worried parents took me to the doctor, who laughed, pushed on my nose, and exclaimed “this baby likes carrots!” No one has ever eaten a carrot in my house without sharing that story since.
In the bitter cold days of winter, there is nothing to warm a chilly stomach like a big bowl of soup- especially if you are like me, and your pesky pilot light has a nasty habit of going out, leaving you snuggled up in your onesie. As many readers already know, I am an extremely lazy cook, and like to have one big batch of something to feed me for lunches throughout the week.
In WWII, the Allied powers had started developing radar technology during the Blitz, but wanted to keep it a secret. Instead, the war office released an entire series of posters highlighting the importance of eating more carrots for better eye sight at night, like the one you see above. In the spirit of patriotism, let’s make some carrot soup!
32 oz bottle of carrot juice- I used Bolthouse Farms
1 cup vegetable stock
1 large onion
1 summer squash
1 red pepper
2 large carrots
1 large bundle of kale
1 can cooked garbanzo beans
Pasta- I used some bow ties and ziti to finish off some bits and pieces in the pantry
Salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and other seasonings to your liking
Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into the soup pot. Add onions and let sweat for five minutes. Empty bottle of carrot juice and vegetable broth into large soup pan. Add all chopped vegetables and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add kale, recover for five minutes. Add your pasta last, and cover for another 5-10 minutes.
One of the reasons I love this soup so much is because it is so colorful. I know that I have already shared a lot of soup recipes on Musings from Providence, but this is actually the conclusion of my go-to favorites! I am soliciting other recipes, and based on the snow that is starting to fall outside right now, I need them ASAP!
- Soup of the week: Minestrone soup (simplycalledfood.com)
- Vegetarian Minestrone Soup (chefceaser.wordpress.com)
- Minestrone Soup (goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com)
- Carrot juice with Mint leaves (nanaob81.wordpress.com)