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.