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Simple, Hearty and Heartwarming Soup

January 24, 2013

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Sometimes, in our desire to create “new year, new you” eating plans, foods that we actually want to eat can fall by the wayside.

Instead, what if we brought the same focus we bring to our yoga mats to the aspects of food preparation? Find a centering moment while shopping for ingredients, mindfully preparing, or thinking gratefully of the people that enabled you to enjoy your bounty.

Use all of your senses to prepare this simple but hearty and warming soup from Deb Perelman at the Smitten Kitchen:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 pounds carrots, peeled, thinly sliced

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 regular or 6 small garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

1 tablespoon finely chopped or grated ginger, or more to taste (it could easily be doubled)

4 cups vegetable broth

1/4 cup white miso paste, or more to taste

To finish

Drizzle of toasted sesame oil

2 scallions, very thinly sliced

Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add carrots, onion and garlic sauté until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add broth and ginger. Cover and simmer until carrots are tender when pierced, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

Puree soup in batches in blender, or all at once with an immersion blender.

In a small bowl, whisk together the miso an a half-cup of the soup. Stir the mixture back into the pot of soup.

Taste the soup and season with salt, pepper or additional miso to taste.

Ladle into bowls and garnish each with a drizzle of sesame oil and small mound of scallions.

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