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Small_thai_carrot_soup_with_peanu_2 I love Thai food but what's funny is that I hardly ever make it at home...Me, the recipe guru. I think it's because I have this wonderful Thai place nearby and whenever I have a hankering, I just order-in or go to pick it up. Occasionally, I make my rendition of of a peanut curry, usually with chicken and green beans. Here, I take the peanut flavor and coconut milk creaminess and apply it to a carrot soup. This soup is easy to make, packs big flavor, and gets a bit of heat from a jalapeno pepper. Enjoy!

Thai Carrot Soup

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons butter

1 leek, white part only, chopped (be sure to wash thoroughly- you can substitute 1 small onion)

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 Tablespoons ginger, chopped or grated

1/2 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon cumin

2 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped 1/2 thick

1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and rough chopped

4 cups chicken stock (can substitute vegetable stock)

3 heaping Tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1 cup lite coconut milk

cilantro

roasted peanuts, chopped

Directions

In a heavy bottom pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add leeks, garlic and ginger. Cook until softened but not browned, approximately 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add a pinch of salt to help leeks render their moisture.

Add coriander and cumin. Stir to incorporate. Add carrots, jalapeno and chicken stock. Simmer covered for 25 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Add peanut butter. Transfer soup to blender and blend at high speed until soup is smooth (you may need to do this in 2 batches). Pour soup back into pot and add coconut milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Ladle soup into serving bowls and garnish with cilantro and peanuts.

Comments

bon mariage

This sounds so delicious that even though it's an ambitious undertaking for me, I'm going to have to give it a try.

Ramona

bon mariage, let us know how you like it and let me know if you need any more guidance or help!

Sorina

Great photos...this looks delicious ! :-)

Campbell

What's the Thai place near you?

Ramona

Campbell,
I live in Alexandria and there's a place on Franconia Rd.(near Van Dorn)called Rice and Noodle. It's a small eat in/delivery place which has good prices, spicey dishes and nice service. The larb gai, pad prik, penang and yellow curry in particular are favorites.
Rice and Noodle
6111 Franconia Rd.
Alexandria, Va 22310
703-313-0330

Campbell

I am from Chicago, and there is a Thai place downtown called Star of Siam. I have been looking for a dish similar to their yellow curry forever. Mild curry with chicken, potatoes and peas. It is delicious. Maybe this place will finally be the spot!

Rubenz1967

Tried this great recipe over the weekend, highly recommend it! Going over the recipe again, discovered I forgot the peanut butter (or was the recipe revised?)! Still good, though. Will add in a dollop of creme fraiche next time. Easy way to get some vegetables in the diet...

Jane

Lovely soup and not hard to make at all. The 3 tablespoons of peanut butter were a bit too overpowering for me, so next time I will use less, but other than that, the flavours are perfect. I tried this first at a vegan/vegetarian place in Toronto "Fresh" and have been wanting to make it for a while. Thanks for the recipe!

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