29 September 2010

Soup Weather

I love fall for many reasons, one being that the weather (and the seasonal produce) are perfect for making soups. So with a crisper full of veggies from the co-op and a free afternoon, I decided to whip up a batch of apple-potato soup.

First I gathered all the ingredients together:

1/2 red onion
1 - 2 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 medium leek, chopped
large garlic clove
2 tart apples (I used Anna), peeled and chopped
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 large celery root, peeled and chopped
3/4 quart vegetable broth
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme

First, I sauteed the onion in the olive oil over a medium-low heat in my lovely blue Lodge dutch oven. After about ten minutes, the onions were soft and transluscent.

 Then I added the leeks, celery, and garlic, sauteeing for about five minutes.

Next, I stirred in the apples, potatoes, celery root, veggie broth, apple juice, ginger, salt, and pepper.

 Bring it all to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes, or until it looks like this:

 Turn off the heat and let cool slightly. Then process with an immersion blender in the pot. (I love these things!)

Once the mixture is smooth, add cream, chives, and thyme. Cook on low heat until heated through.

Garnish with more thyme or chives to serve. Yum!

What's your favorite soup to enjoy on a fall evening?


Stephanie said...

Sounds delish!

Lindsey said...

Steph so stole my comment!!
But, it does sound quite delish!! Does it have a sweet taste from the apples??
Our regular fall soup is good ol' taco soup. :)

karen said...

katie and i had soup twice today. i think it was the official first day of soup weather here in d.c.!! yum yum!