This recipe is inspired by the most delicious carrot soup that my flatmate cooks. I love to make it at the start of the week, portion it into ziplock bags and freeze, and then I have lunch all ready to go whenever I need it! I have not cooked pumpkin soup since I made this, because why would I? Pumpkin can be really difficult to chop up, whereas carrots are cheaper, easy to chop, and frankly, tastier.
If you want a deliciously creamy, hearty soup – with a spicy Thai red curry and coconut spin, this is the recipe for you.
- a splash of oil
- 2 onions, peeled and chopped
- 4 large cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
- salt and pepper
- 2½ Tbsp red curry paste
- 600g or 4 large carrots, roughly chopped into around 1cm slices, but no need to measure!
- 750mL vegetable or chicken stock
- 400mL can coconut milk
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- ½-1 Tbsp soy sauce
- ½-1 Tbsp fish sauce
- a few fresh coriander leaves (optional)
- ½ cup chopped roasted peanuts (optional)
- a pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
- In a large pot over medium heat, add a splash of oil, onions and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft and some colour has developed.
- Add the red curry paste, stir, and fry off for a minute or two, until fragrant.
- Add the carrots, stock, coconut milk, and peanut butter. Stir, and bring up to a boil.
- Simmer, with the lid partially on the pot, until the carrots are completely tender. This will depend on how large you chopped your carrots, but it tends to be around 30-40 minutes.
- Once your carrots are tender, blend the soup. If you have a soup blender, then great. If not, blend the soup in a food processor or milkshake blender.
- Return the soup back to the pot. If it is too thick, add some more stock, and bring up to a simmer. Taste, and add soy sauce, fish sauce and salt to taste. Add coriander and chilli flakes if you want.
- Serve by itself or with roasted peanuts sprinkled on top, and some bread or naan.
Recipe supplied by Alice Taylor
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