Sweet Carrot Soup with Basil

Sweet Carrot Soup with Basil

Sweet Carrot Soup with Basil
This sweet carrot soup is especially satisfying on a cold winter's day. It will warm your belly and delight your taste buds!
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4 servings

Ingredients
4 tbsp. olive oil
7 large carrots, trimmed, peeled and thinly sliced
1 large thinly sliced onion
3 1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
4 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 bunch fresh sweet basil cut into long thin strips

Methods/steps
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a soup pot. Add carrots and onions. Saute, stirring occasionally until tender, about 20 minutes. Add honey and thyme and cook for about a minute, stirring until blended. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, partially covered, for 30 minutes. In batches, remove the solids with a big slotted spoon to a blender or food processor, add a little liquid from the pot, and puree. Stir puree back into liquid in the pot. Over low heat, stir in the orange juice and lemon juice. Season with pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and garnish with strips of fresh sweet basil.
Additional Tips
Goes great with hearty bread and a mixed green salad!

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