Seasonal Recipes

Recipe for carrot-saffron soup

Serves 6

Leeks, fennel, and carrots flavor this elegant soup, which is seasoned with a little saffron to enhance the vibrant color. Use chicken stock or more vegetarian-friendly vegetable broth.

2tablespoons canola oil
2leeks, halved and thinly sliced
1small onion, thinly sliced
3cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1medium bulb fresh fennel, trimmed and thinly sliced
pounds carrots, cut into thin disks
Salt and pepper, to taste
½teaspoon saffron
½cup white wine
4cups chicken stock or vegetable broth
4cups water
2cups half-and-half
½cup creme fraiche (for sprinkling)
2tablespoons chopped chives

1. In a soup pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the leeks, onion, garlic, fennel, carrots, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 12 minutes or until the vegetables soften.

2. Add the saffron and cook, stirring, 1 minute more.


3. Pour in the wine and let the mixture bubble rapidly until it is reduced by half. Add chicken stock or vegetable broth and water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are all tender.

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4. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Meanwhile, in the pot, heat the half-and-half until hot. Return the soup to the pot. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with creme fraiche and chives. Karoline Boehm Goodnick