Cream of Carrot Soup with Almond Croutons Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan

by Guest Blogger on February 20, 2014 · 1 comment

By Guest Blogger, Aime Valpone of The Healthy Apple

Cream of Carrot Soup with Almond Croutons Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2 slices gluten-free bread
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh sage, finely chopped

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Add carrots to a large soup pot and cover with cold water, sea salt, and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.
3. Meanwhile, slice bread into 1/4-inch cubes to make croutons. Add cubed bread to a large mixing bowl with olive oil and sliced almonds. Gently toss to combine. Place croutons onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy.
4. Transfer the carrots and 1 cup of water to a blender; pulse until smooth. Add almond milk, tarragon, and sage; puree soup until well combined. Transfer soup to four serving bowls.
5. Serve warm topped with almond croutons.

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