Carrot-Orange Soup with Basil Oil

Citrus fruits are great for immunity and carrots are great to support a nice, natural tan. My Mr. Superfoodista loves the combination of them – but normally in juice form. Sometimes I make him a smoothie with his favorite ingredients on the weekends which makes him really happy.

A few weeks back however, I came across this great recipe in the magazine “Women’s health” and totally had to give it a try! It looked and sounded really delicious. As always, I am giving my little own twist to it.

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This colorful soup contains following 5 Superfoods:

  • Oranges
  • Carrots
  • Hemp seeds
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Garlic

Ingredients (for 2 appetizer portions or 1 full meal portion)

  • 2 1/2 cups of chopped, fresh (if possible organic) carrots
  • 2 x 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 piece (1 inch) of fresh ginger, or 1 tbsp of fresh ginger paste (what I used)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (or water and then you add the seasoning in the end)
  • Zest and juice of 1 Navel or Valencia orange (grate off the zest first, then squeeze the juice – the other way round it’s really difficult to get the zest off nicely, plus the orange is easier and softer to squeeze without the zest)
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 cup basil leaves (loose)
  • 4 tbsp canola oil (or any other oil of your choice)

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Preparation

  • Mix the carrot pieces with 1 tbsp of the olive oil, bake in the oven at 400Β°F for about 25 minutes until soft
  • In a pan, heat up the other 1 tbsp of olive oil and add the onions and the garlic, sautΓ© for about 1 minute, then add the ginger, sautΓ© for another minute
  • Then add the carrots, vegetable broth, orange juice and zest, and the cumin to the pan
  • Season with salt and pepper and let simmer for about 10 minutes
  • Let the soup cool slightly, then blend with a stick blender or a food processor to get a smooth consistency
  • Put the basil leaves and the oil into a mixer or food processor, blend until you get a smooth paste as well
  • To serve, pour the soup into bowls, then add the basil oil, use a fork to make a nice swirl, top with some hemp and pomegranate seeds

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I also made a “cocktail” version for guests, using flat bottom martini glasses. Nice and easy presentation idea for when you are entertaining πŸ˜‰

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I wish you a lovely weekend and maybe you’ll have time to try this soup, either for yourself or for guests! πŸ˜‰

Comments

  1. saucygander says

    I just love the colors in the photos! The addition of basil oil to orange and carrot soup is inspired. definitely saving this for an elegant dinner party! :-)

  2. Fae's Twist & Tango says

    Darling Sylvia, First, you are gorgeous, your background mix has done you justice!
    I said this before and I say it again, you have one valuable blog which benefits our health, well being and taste buds! Visually and content of your blog is top class! Carrot-orange soup with basil oil? Love, love, love! πŸ˜€

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Fae, this is such a lovely comment *blush* – thank you so much dear! πŸ˜‰ It’s not a recipe 100% invented by me, I found it in the magazine, but I did add my own twist and tango to it, as always πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by, and I too do love, love your blog! hugs, Sylvia

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Aw, Angie!! Thank you so much! This is such a sweet comment!! πŸ˜‰ Lol, that would be a dream! Thanks so much for stopping by dear and for your help to link this up to your awesome Fiesta Friday – by the way, incredible it’s already the 6th one!!! And the party is becoming more and more diverse and colorful! hugs, Sylvia πŸ˜‰

  3. stacilys says

    And yet another beautiful recipe from Sylvia, the superfood girl. And stunning photos too. I see you changed your photo. You’re so cute. You even look Brazilian.
    =) Have a great weekend.

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much Staci! πŸ˜‰ Lol, I look Brazilian? πŸ˜‰ Yes, I get all sorts of guesses, but here in Miami definitely a lot Brazilian too, especially since I took over the accent from my boyfriend a bit (I tend to do that πŸ˜‰ ) so I had even colleagues at work think for the longest time I that I am from Brazil πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for stopping by and your super sweet comment! hugs & blessed weekend!

  4. Ngan R. says

    Carrots and oranges–two things I never run out of because we get some every week from our CSA box. This soup will be perfect for lunch or with a dinner salad. I love the idea of serving it in martini glasses to guests–a lovely presentation!

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much for your kind comments Ngan! πŸ˜‰ Great that you always have a stock of oranges and carrots, they are really such great superfoods! πŸ˜‰ What is the CSA box? hugs & thanks for stopping by, Sylvia

      • Ngan R. says

        CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Instead of buying my vegetables and fruits from the supermarket, I participate in a program where farmers/farms in Northern CA pack their freshly harvested organic goods in a box for sale direct to consumers. It costs a little more than buying at the market, but I like to support local agriculture/farms and feel very lucky to be able to get fresh, organic food in this manner. It forces me to eat seasonally, too, that’s why I have 4 pounds of carrots right now. Superfoods, indeed!

  5. cheri says

    What a great combination, this would be a great starter to serve guests. I sampled hemp seeds last week at Costco and liked them much better than the chia seeds and I like chia.

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Hey Cheri, thanks so much! πŸ˜‰ Yes, in the cocktail glass, they work perfectly as a version for entertaining. I totally agree with you, also prefer the hemp seeds, they have a wonderful nutty flavor and are very versatile to use. Chia seeds don’t taste like much, but I like to use them more as a “binder” as you probably know they get very “jelly” once mixed with liquids. But the good thing is that both are incredibly healthy and good for you! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by!

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Hi Priya, that’s like the kindest comment ever – thank you so much! πŸ˜‰ Really, you would?? Lol, never thought of that, but I would definitely make one for you!! hugs & thanks for stopping by! πŸ˜‰

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