Roasted Carrot Bisque

Roasting carrots with a touch of maple syrup highlights the vegetables’s natural sweetness. When pureed with coconut milk, the carrots transform into a rich yet slightly rustic soup. This recipe is from Alisa Fleming’s cookbook, Enjoy Dairy Free: Flavorful Recipes for Everyday Meals, Snacks and Sweets.

Makes: 6-8 servings
Free of: gluten and all top allergens

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs carrots, peeled, stemmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 medium sweet onion, halved then quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves, whole but peeled
  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth (look for allergen-free brand)
  • 1 14-oz can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water, more or less as needed
  • 1-1 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • 6 tbsp coconut cream (optional, for garnish)
  • chopped fresh dill, parsley or basil (optional, for garnish)

Recipe Tips

*A Note on Coconut       Coconut is technically a fruit. While most allergists do not consider it a tree nut, if you are nut allergic, ask your doctor if coconut is safe for you.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Place carrots, onion and garlic on a large rimmed baking sheet and toss with oil and  maple syrup to coat. Spread vegetables into a single layer. Roast for 40-45 minutes, stirring at halfway point, until tender and browned, but not burned. Let cool 5 minutes.
  3. Place the roasted vegetables and broth in a blender or food processor. Puree for 2-3 minutes, or until relatively smooth. This may need to be done in 2 batches.
  4. Pour carrot mixture into a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in coconut milk and desired amount of water to thin. Cook until heated through, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. If desired, swirl 2 tablespoon coconut cream into each serving and sprinkle with fresh herbs.

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