Roasted Vegetable Soup

 

Roasted Vegetable Soup

This roasted vegetable soup is a variation on Late Harvest Soup, a wonderful fall soup full of those delicious orange vegetables that match the leaves this time of year.  The small but distinct difference between last fall’s harvest pot and this year’s is the roasting of the vegetables.  Roasting brings out the best in a vegetable, making the flavor of the soup delectable.  Mary Polly noted the difference as she filled up her bowl a second time, Mom, you know what is strange?  You used to make a soup that looked like this one but we didn’t like it.  But now we like it!

And how could you not?  So much goodness.

Roasted Vegetable Soup

very loosely adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Ingredients:

2 quarts organic free range chicken broth

10 pounds winter vegetables (I used 2 pounds carrots, 1 bunch leeks, 1 large onion, 1 large butternut squash, 2 sweet potatoes, 1 fennel bulb, 1 large celery root and 3 or 4 medium red potatoes)

1 entire head of garlic, cloves peeled.

olive oil

2 teaspoons herbes de provence

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

For the vegetables:

Peel, chop and seed all the vegetables.

Place in a large bowl with garlic cloves and toss with 1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil, until all vegetables are coated.

Add in 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper and 2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence.

Spread vegetables over 3 to 4 half sheet pans lined with parchment paper.

Roast at 450 degrees F for 30-40 minutes (depending on the size of the vegetable chunks), stirring halfway through.

For the soup:

Bring the chicken stock to boil in your very favorite heavy bottomed soup pot.

Add in the vegetables and blend with a hand blender until soup reaches a desired consistency.  You can thin it with more broth or a little cream if it is too thick.  And if you do not have a hand blender, you can use a regular blender, food processor or a food mill.  I love a hand blender, because you don’t have to get something else dirty or pour hot soup in and out of the pot and blender.

Serve hot with a slice of hot bread and butter and enjoy all that vitamin A.