True Orange Ginger Carrot Soup

True Orange ginger carrot soup in an orange bowl
Description

You forget just how good homemade soup makes you feel until you have a big bowl of it in front of you. This soup is very flavorful, good for you, and easy to make.

Ingredients

1 pound carrots
1 medium onion
6 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons True Orange Ginger Spice Blend (feel free to add more for stronger flavor)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 1/2 cups chicken (or vegetable) stock, homemade or reduced-sodium
1 fresh bay leaf or 1 tbsp dried bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch cilantro or fresh parsley (optional)
1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt (optional)

Directions
  1. Peel and thinly slice the carrots. A food processor works great for this!
  2. Finely chop the onion.
  3. Peel and chop the garlic cloves.
  4.  In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.
  5. Add carrots, onion, garlic and 1 tablespoon True Orange Ginger and cook. Stir occasionally until onion is golden (about 6 to 8 minutes).
  6. Add chicken stock or vegetable broth, the remaining tablespoon of True Orange Ginger and bay leaf to cooking vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots are really tender (about 20 minutes or so).
  7. In a food processor or blender, puree soup in batches until smooth, return to saucepan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  9. Pour soup into soup bowls and dollop with sour cream or yogurt, or simply drizzle with olive oil. Add sprinkling of cilantro or parsley on top (optional) and serve.
Notes

Makes 4 servings.