Roasted Carrot, Tomato & Kale Soup

So the countdown is ON!  By the time you read this, I’ll be “floating off to Hawaii” as the oral surgeon explained it, or having someone drill into my mouth while I’m deliriously happy (which I’m completely ok with).  I don’t want to feel any bit of what goes on in there!  Put me to sleep and I’ll see you on the other side!  The other side of surgery that is, not the other, other side, nope that’s not going to happen, ok I’m going to stop talking about that now.

I’m all prepped with plenty of straws, applesauce, yogurt & soup!  I usually make my own soups (like the one you see here) but I have eaten this one all up which put me in a little predicament.  I need some soup for the next few days of eating so I went to Whole Foods to pick some up.  Can we just talk for a second about how much FREAKIN sodium is in those things!?  32% of your daily sodium in ONE serving of soup (which let’s face it, no one actually eats just one serving).  I finally found one that wasn’t off the charts so I grabbed it and ran out of there, vowing to always make my own soups moving forward.

Ok, now it’s time to talk about how delicious THIS soup is.  It’s easy, the flavor is amazing, and you can completely control how much sodium goes into it.  The roasted carrots creates an amazing creamy texture, you would swear there was cream in there, but no cream, just healthy vegetables & amazing taste!  I like having a little bit of texture in creamy soups so I added some Kale in after I blended it but if you don’t have any Kale, the soup would still be awesome without it.

I used fire roasted tomatoes with diced chilis and it added a really great heat to the soup.  If you’re not a fan of spicy things, I would suggest just using regular fire roasted tomatoes.

Enjoy!

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

Our Christmas Tree

I get excited every day to turn on the lights, they sparkle and give the whole house a warm glow.  Don’t look at that candle in the lower right, it’s really bothering me how tipped it is, don’t worry I’ll FIX IT!  I’ve carried on our family tradition of lighting real candles on the tree, yes that’s right FIRE on our TREE.  It’s so beautiful, it’s always something I look forward to during the holidays.  We usually have a holiday party where we light them.  People are usually a little scared but they get over it when they realize how fresh the tree is and it’s pretty much impossible to light it on fire.  No, seriously, this tree is so fresh, it drinks close to a gallon of water a day.  If I didn’t know any better, I’d think it had a drinking problem…

Roasted Carrot, Tomato & Kale Soup

Serves 3-4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Dietary Vegan
Meal type Main Dish, Soup
Misc Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • 1lb carrots (peeled & chopped)
  • 1/2 Medium onion (diced)
  • 14.5oz fire roasted tomatoes with diced chilis
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 handfuls kale

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 F
2. Toss carrots in olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes.
3. In a dutch oven heat 1T olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and continue cooking for another minute or two until fragrant.
4. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. When it reaches a boil, reduce to low heat and simmer covered for 5 minutes until heated through.
5. Blend mixture in a blender until smooth and creamy. Return to the dutch oven and return to low heat. Add a few handfuls of chopped kale and simmer covered for 10 minutes until kale is wilted.

Note

This soup is spicy.  If you would prefer a milder soup, use regular fire roasted tomatoes (with no green chilis).

 

9 Responses to Roasted Carrot, Tomato & Kale Soup

  1. Good luck with the surgery! Can’t wait to see all of the yummy soup recipes you come up with :)

    And that’s totally not fair that you get to use straws! Haha. I always thought they weren’t allowed because they can cause dry socket. That would have made eating SO much easier.

    • Mai-Lis says:

      Thanks, it went pretty well beside the intense pain I’m in now. You’re totally right about the straws, I just had a bunch of people say that to me before I went in and then the surgeon said definitely NO straws! bummer! it would make eating so much easier!

  2. Cozy and comforting, perfect for winter!

  3. Your tree is so gorgeous!!!!

  4. Adriana says:

    I just finished a bowl of this DELISH soup. I was hoping it wouldn’t taste too carroty.. and it didn’t. I didn’t have smoked Paprika so I used regular and sprinkled some red pepper chili flakes to give it some heat. OH MY… it took no time to fill my empty, cold belly with the warm, cozy, spicy, awesome soup. If I didn’t know any better, I would have bet there was cream in this soup….none at all.. perfect for a dairy craving vegan!!! It was perfect for a cold early evening dinner. I think I’ll have seconds!!! Thanks, was absolutely wonderful.

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