Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup

Moderate
Serves 6
Ingredients: 

2 lbs. baby-cut carrots

2 pears, peeled, cored, cut into eighths

2 shallots, peeled, each clove cut in half

1 tbsp. canola oil

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. Kowalski's Coarse Ground Black Pepper

14 ½ oz. low-sodium chicken broth

1 tbsp. peeled, shredded fresh gingerroot

2 cups skim milk

- crème fraîche

- chopped Italian parsley

Instructions: 

In a large bowl, combine carrots, pears, shallots, oil, salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Arrange on parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet; roast in a preheated 450° oven until tender and beginning to brown (40 min.), stirring twice. In a blender or food processor, purée half of the carrot mixture with chicken broth until smooth. Move to a large saucepan; purée remaining half of carrot mixture and ginger with milk. Add to the saucepan; reheat mixture over medium heat (5-8 min.). Ladle into bowls; top with dollop of crème fraîche and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.

Good to Know: A serrated-tip grapefruit spoon or regular teaspoon is useful for peeling fresh gingerroot.

Nutrition Information Per Serving
Total Calories: 158
Total Fat: 3 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Sodium: 429 mg
Fiber: 6 g

Each serving is an excellent source of the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C and gets bonus points for potassium.