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Leek and Carrot Soup Recipe

I've got a bumper crop of carrots, which is awesome, and I plan to winter some over and even plant a few onions along with. (I understand from the fellow at Ace Hardware on Chapman that I have until Nov. 1 to plant my yellow onion sets for a winter bonanza.) Meantime, though, I wanted to do justice to the carrots' homegrown flavor, not just peel them and dip them into some ranch. And here's what I found on Avanti Savoia's website, along with about 300 other recipes I'd like to try. But for now, this seems a healthy but still lovely way to celebrate the "end of summer" bounty:

Cream of Carrot and Leek Soup

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Serves 8

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 40 minutes

Source: Merry Thomas M.S. R.D. L.D.

Spicy and smooth, but without cream, butter or flour.


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  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin seeds *
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oill *
  • 3 Leeks, white part cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3 pounds Large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cups Chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt *
  • Freshly ground white pepper to taste *


  1. Toast the cumin in a hot, dry skillet, shaking constantly over medium heat for two minutes.
  2. Grind the seeds into a coarse powder in a spice grinder or crusth with a rolling pin.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a medium stockpot or Dutch oven, heat the oil.
  5. Add the leeks, and cook over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. 
  6. Add the carrots and the broth.
  7. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered until the carrots are tender, about 25 minutes.
  8. Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  9. Return the mixture to the pot, pour in the milk and warm over medium-low heat.
  10. Season with salt and white pepper.
  11. Serve immediately.

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