Coconut Curry Soup with Simple Roasted Carrots

So this isn’t the prettiest thing we’ve ever made.  But what it lacks in the looks department it more than makes up for in flavor, healthfulness, and comforting-ness.  Totes a word.

Confession: carrots are not my favorite vegetable.  Not even close.  But these gorgeous rainbow colored carrots showed up in the CSA box and, alas, I had to do something with them.  So I relied on a the simple truth that something kind of magical happens when you drizzle olive oil and salt all over something and throw it in the oven for a while.  And omg YOU GUYS, these carrots were instantly (ok, not instantly, but 45ish minutes later) transformed into a crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, perfect blend of salty and sweet morsels of deliciousness.

Ingredients

Handful of carrots with the tops on (for roasting & garnishing)

About 2 c carrots, diced

1 onion, diced

1 c lentils

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

1 Tbsp curry powder

1 – 2 Tbsp curry paste

2 1/2 c vegetable broth

1 14 oz can coconut milk

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Sea salt, to taste.

The How To

1. Add a smidgeon of olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion & garlic, saute about 5 minutes

2. Add curry powder, cayenne pepper, and curry paste, saute about 2 minutes

3. Add vegetable broth, ginger, carrots, and lentils.  Simmer about 30 minutes, until carrots & lentils are tender

4. Meanwhile, roast your carrots — heat the oven to 400, arrange your carrots on a cookie sheet, drizzle (think: liberally) with olive oil and salt, and throw in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until crispy-crunchy on the outside and tender to the touch

5. Once the lentils and veggies are nice and soft in your soup pot, add coconut milk & salt to taste

5. Using a hand blender, blend until smooth (if you use a regular blender, let the soup cool first)

Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt, a sprinkle of curry powder, a teensy handful of toasted cashews or pine nuts, and some chopped scallions.

Can be served hot or cold!

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