Get ready folks. I’m pretty sure I’ve solved all the eat-your-veggie problems. Seriously… all your veggies for-basically-ever are in this one pot of soup! AND! It tastes amazing! It requires a lot of prep, but the actual soup-making is simple and straightforward. Prep ahead or make it on a weeknight when you scoot out of work a little early and you’ll have no problems. Or just eat late like we did. It’s totally worth it. This soup is so dense with flavor, rich without being heavy, hearty and comforting and filling, but wonderfully healthy and fresh. Lunches for the rest of this week are going to be amazing. Here you go.
WHAT YOU NEED
* 3 cups of carrot juice, divided
* 4 cups of vegetable broth
* 1 head of cauliflower, rough chopped
* 3 carrots, rough chopped
* 1 cup celery, rough chopped
* 2 leeks, trimmed and chopped
* 2-4t minced garlic
* 1/2t nutmeg
* 2t salt
* 3/4t black pepper
* 1/2t dried basil
* 1/4t dried thyme
* 1/2t dried sage
* 1/4t cayenne pepper
* 1C half and half (or almond milk)
* 4-5 handfuls baby spinach
* optional: sour cream or Greek yogurt for serving
WHAT TO DO
Place a large high-sided pot on the stove top and add 2 cups of carrot juice and the vegetable broth. Note: you can use all vegetable broth (or water) – the carrot juice adds some sweetness and color, but can be hard to find or expensive sometimes.
When all of your veggies are chopped, add them to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the spices and then reduce heat to medium-low or low and simmer 25 minutes, until the vegetables have softened. Add a bit of water or more broth if the liquid gets too low while cooking.
Turn off the stove, add the third cup of carrot juice and the half and half to the soup, and then use an immersion blender to blend the soup up (or transfer in batches to a regular blender and then return to the pot).
When you’ve reached a texture you’re happy with (smooth is hard!!), add the spinach to the pot and allow to wilt. The soup should still be hot enough that this just takes a couple of minutes, but if it’s cooled down too much, just set the stove to low and give it a few extra minutes, then serve away! All the veggies – and you’re loving it, I promise! Your little ones will, too! No, really!