Carrot, spinach and coconut milk soup

By Silvia Nacamulli , January 24, 2014
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Photo: Anna Abbate

Photo: Anna Abbate

Coconut milk gives this soup a delicate tasty flavour. It is easy to make and is extremely good.

Serves: 4-6 as a starter
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
5-6 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, finely sliced
1 kg carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
100g fresh spinach, washed
1 x 400ml tin of coconut milk
600ml vegetable stock or 1 tbsp bouillon diluted in 600ml boiling water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

To decorate:
1 carrot
100ml sunflower oil
Small bunch of chives, finely chopped

Method:

Warm the oil in a soup-pan, and once hot add the onions to sweat on a low heat for about 10 minutes until soft.

Add the carrots, salt and pepper and stir well. Leave to cook uncovered over a medium heat for 10 minutes.

Add the spinach leaves, stir in and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Shake the coconut milk can well and pour it into the carrot and spinach pan, cook for 5 minutes, then add the stock, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the carrots are soft — 10-15 minutes.

Blend the soup with a hand blender and keep covered.

For the carrot crisp garnish — make a few carrots shavings with a potato peeler or slice very thin long strips with a sharp knife. Fry the strips in hot oil for 40-45 seconds until just golden. Drain on paper towel.

Serve the soup topped with a few carrot crisps and some finely chopped chives.

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Last updated: 10:45am, January 24 2014