I hate to state the obvious but carrot is stupidly versatile! I can’t think of a cuisine that doesn’t use carrots in one way or another. However, I have to admit to it being one of my least liked vegetables growing up. Now I am happy to say that I am on “team carrot”. I love these carrot and saffron cupcakes, carrot and parsnip mini bundt cakes and also that it appears in so many of my main meal recipes – including not-so-hidden veg bolognese, Brazilian beef rolls and in the white bean soup that even my fussy husband loves. However, this roasted carrot, fennel and apple soup is a great winter lunch for the family. I made it often when my daughters were in their first few months of solids (they were both starting solids during winter). This was a wonderful recipe that enabled us all to have the same meal. #onefamilyonemeal – Updated 31 May 2017
Original Post from April 9, 2014
Last night I made a quick carrot & fennel salad (both chopped raw & topped with juice from one orange olive oil). We had a fair bit left over. So I decided to try my hand at a roasted carrot, fennel & apple soup for lunch with my toddler. She went back for seconds!
3 carrots (chopped)
1 fennel bulb (chopped)
Juice from half an orange
Drizzle of olive oil
1 apple (chopped – leave skin on)
500ml vegetable stock
1 clove of garlic (finely chopped)
Combine first four ingredients & spread out of a baking sheet. Bake in a 180oC oven for 20min. Add the apple to the mixture giving everything a good turn over. Roast for a further 10mins.
Bring vegetable stock to the boil and add the chopped garlic. Add the roasted medley to the stock & simmer for 15min. Puree to get a nice smooth soup with a handheld mixer.
The good thing about this soup is that you could do the roasting in the morning & then the final steps quickly for dinner.
Here is another post with my tips about toddlers eating soup. Do your toddlers dip or do they not like to mask their foods? Some kids love sauces / dips and others don’t. My oldest does (who this post was originally about) – my youngest is not really a “dipper”.