Charred Carrot Soup


Charring shredded carrots in a cast-iron skillet caramelizes the vegetable's natural sugars and adds a deep, rich, nutty flavor to the soup. This slight sweetness is brought back into balance by a small amount of red wine vinegar added at the end.

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  1. 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  2. 5 to 6 medium carrots, peeled and shredded (about 3 cups)
  3. 2 shallots coarsely chopped
  4. 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  5. 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  6. 1 small Idaho potato, peeled and coarsely chopped
  7. 3 1/2 cups rich chicken stock
  8. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  9. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/4 teaspoon coarsely cracked pepper
  12. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  13. 1 tablespoon chopped parsley or chives
  1. Preheat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes, Add the oil, then the carrots. Stir to coat the carrots with oil and cook, stirring frequently, until the carrots are partially charred, about 15 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to moderate and add the shallots, garlic and thyme. Cook until the shallots are softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the potato and stock. Simmer over low heat until the carrots and potato are very soft, about 15 minutes.
  4. In a food processor or blender, puree the soup until smooth. (For an extra silky texture, press the puree through a fine sieve after pureeing.)
  5. Transfer the soup to a saucepan and add the cream (use extra chicken stock or water for a thinner consistency it desired). Add the red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir in the butter and serve hot, sprinkled with the chopped parsley.