Roasted Vegetable Soup

Roasted Vegetable Soup 1

A while ago, Lola Rugula psoted a recipe for a Roasted Garlic and Vegetable Soup. I was surprised I had never ever thought of making soup with roasted vegetables before and I was inspired to try it myself. My version differs quite a bit from Lola’s, and I was mostly ‘playing by ear’, but here you can see what I came up with…

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For veggies, I chose cauliflower, leek, carrot and parsnip. Here you can see my blend all chopped into chinks and tossed with a little garlic salt, white pepper, and just a drizzle of olive oil. Lola used garlic in her blend but, while I love garlic, I find that, when roasted, it can take on a slightly unpleasant oily taste.


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I roasted my mix at 325 for a little less than an hour… just to the point that everything was soft and just starting to brown in a few places.


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I used chicken stock rather than vegetable. I didn’t have any home-made on hand on this occasion so I used a very good commercial brand. AT the last minute, I decided to try a little saffron. I put it on very low heat and simmered for a good two hours or so…


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Here is the soup after being pureed with my hand blender. It is as thick as any pea soup I have ever seen and could easily take a little more stock. I also considered adding some cream but, in the end, decided against it. I seasoned it with a bit more salt and pepper and served my first bowl right away.


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I ended up getting two hearty bowls of soup for myself and thought it very tasty and filling. I did, however, draw off a little from the main batch and passed it through a fine-mesh strainer to further ‘refine’ it. It would be fine as soup too, but I think it could make a nice sauce base for other purposes.




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