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Creamy Carrot Soup (Guest Post)

Guest Post by Lauren at Lauren's Latest

Let me now count the ways why we love this soup and why you will love this soup: (1) It’s easy to make (2) all the ingredients are common and inexpensive (3) it’s pretty low effort and fast (4) it’s a very comforting and satisfying meal (6) it’s an easy way to get your kids to eat a whole bunch of vegetables! It’s like every parent’s wish list for dinner! There were 6 kids in my family and this was a very common dinner for us because of all the reasons listed above AND because we all loved it. My Mom was a stay at home Mom and always {without fail!} made all our suppers from scratch! AND! We hardly ever went out to eat! Isn’t that impressive? I have 1 child and I find it hard to resist the $1 menu items calling my name from restaurants down the hill!  However, since we are on a budget and I really feel guilty for eating anything fattening, this soup makes resisting those calls a little more bearable on my lazy, un-motivating days! Thanks, Mom, for an easy recipe that makes me feel like a good productive Mom on my don’twanttodoanything days!

Creamy Carrot Soup
yield: 6 servings
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons salted butter
1 large onion
4 small potatoes, peeled
2 lbs. carrots, peeled (I use organic)
6 cups good chicken stock
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (or 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme)
salt & pepper, to taste
1/2-1 cup heavy cream
Directions:
In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Chop onions, potatoes and carrots into large chunks and saute in hot butter 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to high and pour in chicken stock with seasonings. Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook 20-30 minutes or until all veggies are soft. (This time will depend on how large your vegetable chunks were!) Once everything is tender, remove bay leaves and puree soup using a blender or immersion blender. Stir in cream and more seasonings, if desired. Keep warm over low heat until ready to serve.
Recipe TIPS:
I just like a hint of thyme in this recipe, so try it out as is and then adjust it to your liking!

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