Depending on where you reside, once again, Mother Nature is causing you to hibernate. Hopefully, you’ve taken the time to replenish and stockpile a few much-needed food supplies. Bravo to you! So, while you will be catching up on your favorite television or cable shows, this is the perfect time to hop in the kitchen and make yourself some tasty and heartwarming soup.
Grab a baking sheet and roughly chop your pumpkin(squash), carrots, onions, and garlic. Drizzle veggies with a little olive oil or any good oil, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper and roast in oven for approximately 30 minutes at 380 to 400 degrees. The roasting will bring out the nuttiness and natural sugar in these veggies.
Spoon roasted veggies in a blender and add chicken broth (or, fresh tap water will do). Puree veggies to the consistency you prefer; then add to a sturdy stock pot. Do a taste test and if needed further add more seasoning, toss in fresh thyme or any dried herb. Allow pureed soup to simmer on low heat with lid on for a few minutes.
Serve your pumpkin(squash)/carrot soup with a crusty garlic bread or warm croutons. Garnish with fresh herb of choice.
Guys, keep warm and as always, be kind to your loved ones as well as your beautiful palates. Grab for that ‘blankie’ or fave sweater. Be safe!!