Nelly Elliott

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Winter Warmer: Spicy Carrot Soup

winter warming soup

Well it is officially winter, I don't know about you but Jack Frost has definitely been nipping at my nose. The temperature may be dropping but my appetite seems to be increasing at a remarkable rate, all thoughts of eating healthily and losing weight have gone out of the window and all I can think about is big cosy duvets and eating. Its like I am secretly a bear and am preparing for hibernation.

Please tell me there is some science based reason for this and I am not just a greedy guts!

Anyway, I made this soup months and months ago but never posted the recipe, so I thought I'd share something warm, comforting AND healthy. Partly as its cold and soup is warm, but also to remind myself that this is what I should be eating.

So please see this post as a giant reminder sign to myself screaming "EAT ME""

spicy carrot soup

I bought a small jar of Laksa paste from Sainsburys on a whim, it added a lovely freshness to the soup. You can sub this with anything really, whatever spices you love. I found Harissa also works really well too.

The chilli powder is from The Spicery, it is a lovely mild yet flavourful spice. You could replace with regular chilli powder or paprika.

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Spicy Carrot Soup
Ingredients
  • 3-4 large, peeled. Carrots
  • 1, small Red Onion
  • 1 tablespoon Laksa Paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kasmiri Chilli Powder
  • 1 Veggie Stock Cube (made up to 1.5 pints)
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic
Instructions
Roughly chop the carrot, onion and garlic ( I used lazy garlic, which is prechopped).gently fry off the onion and garlic on a low heat for a couple of minutes.Add the Laksa Paste and chilli powder and stir.Throw in the carrots and pour over the stock.Leave to simmer until the carrots are soft and your house smells amazing.Blitz in a blender (or with a stick blender) until smooth.You can stir in a little creme fraiche or natural yoghurt at the end if you like.

I had my soup with some rice cakes and half a pot of cottage cheese, t'was delicious!

If you have a winner of a soup recipe (or stews) please share them with me, I have made a few different soups and stews lately which have been lacking in the flavour department.