Love, love, love this vibrant carrot, apple and celery soup! Roasting intensifies the flavors and smooths the texture of this wonderful soup. It’s truly more than the sum of its parts—you won’t be able to pick out the individual flavors of apple or celery, but both add depth to the recipe. Only 15 minutes to prep, then about 40 minutes to cook. Great for those crisp fall days!
- 1 pound carrots (peeled, trimmed, halved lengthwise if large, and cut crosswise into 3-inch pieces)
- 1 large apple (peeled, cored, and cut into wedges)
- 3 celery stalks (trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces)
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
- 1/2 small red onion (peeled, trimmed, and finely chopped)
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic (peeled, smashed, and finely chopped)
- 1-inch piece ginger (peeled and minced)
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- Optional: 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 425 F (220 C).
Place the carrots, apples, and celery in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and toss to coat.
Roast in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, turning once midway through cooking, until fairly tender and just starting to caramelize.
In a large pot, warm the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion and saute over medium-high heat until it begins to soften and turn translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add the roasted carrots, apple and celery and stir to coat.
Pour in the vegetable stock, raise the heat, and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
Remove from the heat, and using a regular or immersion blender, puree the soup.
Add the butter (optional) to the soup and stir until it is melted and evenly incorporated.
Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
When pureeing the soup, it is much easier to use an immersion blender than a free-standing blender, since you can simply place the immersion blender in the pot of soup, whereas you may have to puree in batches in the regular blender. If using an immersion blender, just be sure to keep the hand-held appliance submerged—otherwise, the soup will splatter all over.
The butter is optional, but it pulls the flavors together and adds richness. You don’t need much and it’s worth the few extra calories.