The simplicity of a single- ingredient- focused soup is what makes it popular and ideal to highlight some powerful herbs and spices. Carrots, all on their own, have a sweet earthy taste that is  brought to the surface when cooked. When combined with maple syrup and slivered almonds, they help create  a side dish worthy of a holiday meal. Carrots are used in juice blends matching the flavors of vanilla or cinnamon very well. However, when combined with ginger and turmeric, carrots are elevated to gourmet soup status. The best part is that this soup is  very simple to make at home. And beyond this obvious convenience, this creamy soup will not need any cream at all!

Why carrots you ask? Carrots are best known for their beta-carotene content, which is what gives them their  orange color. They also  other phytonutrients, including alpha-carotene and lutein. They are also an excellent source of vitamin A, a very good source of biotin, vitamin K, fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. And that’s not all– they are also a good source of manganese, niacin, folate, copper and vitamin E.  Think you have  the idea? They are nutrient powerhouses!

Unfortunately, it is easy to overshadow all that goodness by adding large amounts of some “not so stellar” ingredients when making creamy carrot soup. Buttermilk, butter and cream are not by any means “villains” (we don’t like to categorize foods in such a way). But they can add a heaping amount of calories and saturated fats to recipes and our diets, which can be counteractive to those trying to stay on a determined eating plan. Therefore, there is a much better ingredient that will deliver that same creaminess to your soup without completely changing the nutrient profile of it . As a matter of fact, my solution  will add a boost of some nutrients such as protein. Just a couple of tablespoons of Once Again Creamy Cashew Butter works wonders in this recipe.  We have tried other Once Again Nut Butters as thickeners for  soup and experienced tasty results as well — tahini is a popular addition. For this creamy carrot soup, the best match is  Once Again Creamy Cashew butter. It seems that  the cashews and carrots enhance the earthy sweet flavors they both share.

A warm bowl of creamy soup can be your comfort dinner on a cold day.. Although I hope this is not only a trend, I truly appreciate the way we are embracing also enjoying warm soups for breakfast! Talk about a fantastic way to start your day with a nice serving of veggies! So when you make your next batch of creamy carrot soup, besides having the best aroma in your kitchen (ginger and carrot are phenomenally fragrant), remember to save some for your next morning breakfast!

 Creamy Carrot Soup by Carolina Jantac

Creamy Carrot Soup

1 pound  peeled and chopped carrots

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 chopped garlic cloves

¼ teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon turmeric

2 ½ cups vegetable broth

2 tablespoons Once Again Nut Butter Creamy Cashew butter

Juice of 1 lime

To a medium sized pot, add the olive oil, garlic, ginger and turmeric. Heat for a few minutes before adding in carrots. Let carrots be fully coated with olive oil and spice mixture before adding in the vegetable broth. Once added, cook for about 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Lastly, add in cashew butter and lime juice. Cook for another two to three minutes and remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup into a creamy mixture. Serve hot and a dollop of sour cream, if you like, for a flavorful garnish.

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Creamy Carrot Soup