I’m a soup gal. Love them. Lucky for me, my mom is the Soup Master. It’s true… she can make any kind of soup out of any random veggies and it always turns out amazing. She’s incredible that way. Thanks to her, I grew up not only eating fabulous soups, but making them, too. Thing is, making a soup with no onions or garlic is a major challenge (which you may be avoiding if you’re following the low FODMAP diet, or just have a belly that gets irritated by these two tasty foods). When eliminating those two soup staples, one simply must get creative. This soup worked marvelously without them, still with loads of flavor and comforting goodness. 🙂
Typically soups start with a broth or stock… those too, however, tend to have onions and sometimes garlic. So rather than starting with a store-bought or classic stock, I decided to make a broth within the roasting process, adding water and fresh herbs to the vegetables so that a tasty broth-base would form as things were cooking. Worked like a charm. Once everything’s roasted, it just gets blended with some spices and coconut milk, then cooked down for a bit longer to reach the right consistency. If you’re tight on time though, you can just blend things up then pour it all right into bowls from there… though keep in mind the extra step of adding it to a pot helps make sure things are how you want them (texture, flavor, etc).
This could easily be made ahead, then refrigerated or even placed int he freezer until ready to use… in that case, just freeze it in containers right after blending, then when you want it, pour it all in a pot and do the last step (adding liquid and seasonings to get desired texture and flavor). Makes for an easy weeknight dinner later. 🙂
makes four servings
for roasting vegetables…
4 large carrots, approx 1 lb, peeled
2 large parsnips, approx 1/2 lb, peeled
2 medium potatoes, approx 1/2 lb, preferably Yukon gold, peeled
1 cup chopped leeks, green parts only
1 cup sliced red bell peppers
5-6 thyme sprigs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup water
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 tsp finely grated ginger
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups water
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp salt
pinch ground nutmeg
extra water or coconut milk, salt, and pepper, to taste
garnish: fresh chives, optional
Peel carrots, parsnips, and potatoes
Roughly chop the veggies
To clean leeks, slice them and then soak them in water to get rid of any grime or dirt
Add the carrots, parsnips, potatoes, leeks, chopped bell pepper,
salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil to a large baking dish
Toss to coat then add water
Roast for 20-30 minutes, uncovered, until veggies are completely cooked through
Meanwhile, finely grate the ginger, chop cilantro, and get seasonings prepped…
Once veggies are done, remove the thyme sprigs
Add all remaining soup ingredients to a blender or food processor- blend until smooth
At this point, if freezing, seal in a container until ready to use
If eating now, pour the soup into a pot, add liquid (more coconut milk or water) to reach
desired consistency, and add salt and pepper, to taste
Simmer until ready to serve…
Ladle into bowls, top with fresh chives and cilantro if wanted, and dig in!
- for roasting vegetables...
- 4 large carrots, approx 1 lb, peeled
- 2 large parsnips, approx ½ lb, peeled
- 2 medium potatoes, approx ½ lb, preferably Yukon gold, peeled
- 1 cup chopped leeks, green parts only
- 1 cup sliced red bell peppers
- 5-6 thyme sprigs
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup water
- for soup...
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ½ tsp finely grated ginger
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 cups water
- ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
- ⅛ tsp white pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- pinch ground nutmeg
- extra water or coconut milk, salt, and pepper, to taste
- garnish: fresh chives, optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- To roast vegetables... Peel and roughly chop the carrots, parsnips, and potatoes. Slice the leeks and red peppers. (To clean leeks, add to a bowl of water to remove any dirt or grime.) In a large baking dish, toss the carrots, parsnips, potatoes, leeks, peppers, olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Pour the water in the dish with the vegetables. Roast, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes.
- To make soup... Once vegetables are done, remove the thyme sprigs. Add the roasted vegetables, along with the liquid from the pan, coconut milk, ginger, white pepper, cilantro, vinegar, water, salt, and pepper to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the soup into a pot. Add extra water or coconut milk to reach desired consistency, if needed, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until ready to serve. Top with fresh chives, optional.
- Cook’s tip: To make ahead, refrigerate or freeze the soup after blended, then when you want to enjoy it, add it to a pot with added water or coconut milk and desired seasonings!