The Perfect Autumn Roast Carrot & Fennel Soup

 

Ingredients

  • 1 kg carrots , peeled, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 bulbs of fennel , trimmed and sliced, tops reserved to serve
  • 1 onion , sliced
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic , unpeeled
  • 1.6 litres vegetable stock
  • 100 ml single cream , to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5. Put the carrots, fennel and onion in a roasting dish and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes, then add the garlic cloves. Stir everything thoroughly and return to the oven for 20 minutes more, until the vegetables are soft and browned. Remove the papery skins from the garlic cloves.
  2. Put the roasted veg in a large pan with the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 15 minutes, then liquidise with a stick blender, until completely smooth.
  3. Gently heat the soup, and serve with a swirl of cream, a scattering of fennel tops and hot flatbreads.
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