The sharp spring sun has been making a few appearances lately. But evenings are still chilly enough that I reach for my blanket. A vitamin loaded, light and flavorful soup is the PERFECT food these days. Especially since spring tends to make us more tired than we've been all winter. Isn't that strange? Just as everything else is coming to life again it's like we are ready to hibernate? Maybe it's a delayed fatigue from the cold and dark of winter, or maybe it's in preparation for the more eventful and energetic lives we lead during summer? Either way this sweet and nourishing soup feels like just the remedy I need.
Roast vegetable soup with Garlic Creme and Roasted Pine nuts
About 4 servings
• 1 large parsnip
• 4 tomatoes
• 1 leek
• 3 carrots
• 1-2 tsp concentrated vegetable bouillon
• 4 cups of water (you may need more depending on preference)
• 2 tsp thyme
• pinch of black pepper
• 4 garlic cloves
• 1 cup of sour cream
• 3/4 cup pine nuts
Turn the oven to 225C/450F.
Peel the parsnip and carrots and cut into rough pieces. Cut the tomatoes in four pieces each and rinse and slice the leek into 1/2 inch or so slices.
Line a deep baking sheet and toss all the vegetables on it, including the unpeeled garlic cloves. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes until they are soft.
Roast the pine nuts in a smaller dish for 5 minutes or so until they are just turning golden but not burnt. Set aside.
When the vegetables are done, put the garlic cloves to the side. Pour the rest of the veggies into a pot and add some of the water. Puree the vegetables with a hand mixer until they are smooth. Add the rest of the water, vegetable bouillon, salt, pepper and thyme. Add more water if you want a thinner soup. Make sure you taste it to see if you need more spices. Let cook until piping hot.
Remove the peel from the garlic cloves and cut them into small pieces and mix with the sour cream.
Serve the soup with dollops of the garlic creme and a scattering of pine nuts. I sprinkled some chives on top that I had left in the freezer but that was mostly for looks :-)
Add a good bread to complete the meal. If you or one of your guests is like my husband and don't consider it food unless there's meat, you can top the soup with some crunchy bits of bacon or add summer sausage or ham for the bread. See..everybody happy!