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    Creamy Carrot Soup With Star Anise

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    Cookgirl's Note:

    From Bon Appetit 2005. Comforting and delicious! For presentation, garnish each soup serving with a whole star anise if desired.

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    1. 1
      In large stock pot over medium heat melt the butter. Add chopped onion, 3 star anise, bay leaves and garlic. Saute until the onion starts to soften and glisten, about 5 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add the carrots and fresh stock. Cover, bring to boil and simmer until carrots are very tender, approximately 30 minutes.
    3. 3
      Remove star anise and bay leaves. Using an immersion blender puree the soup until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    4. 4
      Take the remaining star anise and grind to a fine powder. Stir a little into the soup. Adjust seasoning and add more star anise to taste. Stir in the fresh minced chives.
    5. 5
      Serve hot.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 01, 2012


      Just home from a trip to Ireland, and wanted to replicate a carrot-anise soup we enjoyed at La Cave, a French wine bar in Dublin. This is pretty close, although I used half milk/half veg stock for the liquid. Yummers!

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    • on April 13, 2010


      DH was the only hold out on this yummy soup (he is anti-sweet except in desserts). The best part was that my 14 yr. old DS, who only seems to eat meat or bread these days, enjoyed a bowlful. Reviewer Parsley is right...this is a great kid's soup. I made as directed, using fresh vegetable stock. Think this would be a wonderful starter for Thanksgiving dinner or any meal you want to kick off with a twist.

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    • on February 13, 2010


      I just got home from a road trip tonight and wanted something after restaurant fare for 4 days. This fit what I was looking for perfectly, it's light of the tummy and wonderful on the taste buds. I stopped at the organic market coming home and my purchases included some great looking carrots and dehydrated veggie stock, how fortuitous. As I'm a long standing fan of anise I was pretty sure that I was going to like this soup. I was wrong, I didn't like it, I just loved it. I loved it totally, happily and whole heartedly. I used roasted garlic puree and skipped the white pepper because a taste before adding it told me that it was perfection in orange at that point and why would I mess with perfection?

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    Nutritional Facts for Creamy Carrot Soup With Star Anise

    Serving Size: 1 (92 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 98.8
    Calories from Fat 53
    Total Fat 5.9 g
    Saturated Fat 3.6 g
    Cholesterol 15.2 mg
    Sodium 104.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 11.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    Sugars 5.2 g
    Protein 1.2 g

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