Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Caramelized Carrot Soup with Fennel Seeds and Cumin

4 servings

servings

1 hr

total time

Ingredients

4 TABLESPOONS (½ STICK) SALTED BUTTER, CUT INTO 4 PIECES, DIVIDED

½ CUP SLICED ALMONDS

3½ CUPS CARROT JUICE

1½ POUNDS CARROTS, PEELED AND CUT INTO 1-INCH SECTIONS

½ CUP CHOPPED FRESH CILANTRO, PLUS CILANTRO LEAVES FOR GARNISH

1 TABLESPOON FENNEL SEEDS

2½ TEASPOONS GROUND CUMIN

½ TEASPOON BAKING SODA

KOSHER SALT AND GROUND BLACK PEPPER

2 TABLESPOONS LIME JUICE, PLUS LIME WEDGES, TO SERVE

Directions

On a 6-quart Instant Pot, select Normal/Medium Sauté. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and let melt. Add the almonds and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Press Cancel. Using a large spoon, transfer to a small bowl or plate. To the pot, add the carrot juice, carrots, cilantro, fennel seeds, cumin, baking soda and 1½ teaspoons salt.

Lock the lid in place and move the pressure valve to Sealing. Select Pressure Cook or Manual; make sure the pressure level is set to High. Set the cooking time for 20 minutes. When pressure cooking is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick-release the remaining steam by moving the pressure valve to Venting. Press Cancel, then carefully open the pot.

In a blender and working in 2 batches, puree the mixture until smooth, about 30 seconds, transferring the first batch to a bowl; return both batches to the pot. (Alternatively, use an immersion blender to puree the mixture directly in the pot). Select More/High Sauté and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, then press Cancel to turn off the pot. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons butter and the lime juice; stir until the butter melts. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with the toasted almonds and cilantro leaves, with lime wedges on the side.

Notes

Tip: Don’t substitute water or broth for the carrot juice. The juice bolsters the carrots’ sweet, earthy flavor as well as their vibrant color. Use shelf-stable bottled carrot juice or fresh-pressed sold in the refrigerator case; both yield good results.

4 servings

servings

1 hr

total time
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