October 14, 2009

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

Fall is here! 
 Time to roast some veggies and make a hearty soup. 
 While the ingredients for this yummy soup are roasting,
 your home will smell so wonderful!! 
 FYI...what you see here is a DOUBLE batch!

~ Roasted Root Vegetable Soup ~

What You Need:

Olive Oil (for coating veggies)
1 small Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
2 large Carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 large Parsnip, peeled and cut into chunks
1 small Turnip, peeled and cut into chunks
1 large Onion (yellow), peeled and cut into chunks
1 bulb Garlic, remove loose outer skins and cut off tops...leave whole
1 medium Rutabaga (or Swede), peeled and cut into chunks
1 large Sweet Potato (I used Yams), peeled and cut into chunks
4 small Red Potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks (skin on)
Sea Salt
Freshly ground Black Pepper
3 Bay leaves
Parchment Paper
8 cups Chicken Stock
Several fresh Basil leaves (I omitted ~ might try it in future)
1 cup Cilantro, chopped (I omitted ~ as above...we'll see...not big on cilantro)
1 tsp. crumbled, dried Thyme
1 tsp. chopped fresh Rosemary

What You Do:

Preheat oven to 375 or 400 Farenheit. 
 Prepare all the veggies listed down to the potatoes. 
 Spread on a very large cookie sheet or in a roasting pan. 

 Drizzle olive oil over all (about 3 to 4 Tbsp), 
making sure some gets into the garlic bulb. 
 Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss bay leaves on top.

 Cover with parchment paper and roast for 30 minutes. 
 Remove parchment paper after 30 minutes of cooking time and stir veggies.
 Roast for another 30 minutes and remove from the oven. 
 Discard bay leaves and any black bits...set garlic aside.

 Place the veggies into a stock pot and add the stock. 
Squeeze the garlic out of its skin and add to pot. 
 Puree with a hand blender (if you have one) otherwise, 
puree in batches in a blender or food processor. 

 Be careful not to overload your blender...do it in small batches! 
 Return to the pot and add in the basil, cilantro, thyme, and rosemary. 
 Bring soup to a gentle simmer and adjust seasonings.
 Add more stock if needed to get the consistency you want. Enjoy!

I like to serve this with a dollop of plain yogurt in it...yum, yum! :)

**Recipe adapted from "The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook" by Tosca Reno (2007)


Farmgirl Cyn said...

I make a similar soup with whatever autumn veggies I happen to have on hand. It is so true that roasting the veggies intensifies the flavors....so much better!

Nadine said...

mmm...that looks delicious! We love roasted veggies during the fall, I never thought to make them into a soup!
Thank you for sharing!


Camille said...

Farmgirl ~ It's one of my favourite winter soups...you are right...the flavours are more intense...yummy! :)

Nadine ~ I hope you try it and LIKE it...let me know! :)


Sharon said...

Oh Camille,

This looks absolutely wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing :)

Have a beautiful day in the Lord!


The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Oh my gosh! I can just imagine the flavor of that soup! I love roasted veggies as a side dish so I know that soup must be amazing!


Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Wow, that looks great! I've never seen a roasted root vegetable soup before. Thanks for enlightening me.

Camille said...

Sharon ~ Let me know what you think if you try it...thanks for all the encouragement in the Lord...He is GOOD!

Manuela ~ Not everyone is into pureed soup, but this one seems to please even the fussiest...I hope you will try it! :)

Jackie ~ Are you going to make it? Let me know if you do and what you think!

Have a wonderful day!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Unfortunately, I don't have all those veggies right now and I'm really trying to use only what I have to save some money this month. However, I'm going to keep this recipe in mind for the future. It really does looks good!

Camille said...

Jackie ~ Sounds to me like you are being a great homemaker...frugality is very good...that's being a blessing to your husband! This is a frugal recipe...when you have the ingredients on hand that is! :)
Have a wonderful day in the Lord!