With carrots harvested from my garden taking up all the space in my fridge’s vegetable drawer, I needed to get cooking in a hurry. Tomorrow I’ll share my attempt to create a palatable carrot cake (which has long been one of my least-favorite cakes). Today we’re talking chilled soups.
I wanted to take this soup in a Latin direction, so my first instinct was to flavor it with jalapeño peppers and cilantro. As I developed the recipe further I decided to explore the cilantro flavor two ways: In a salsa topping the soup and through the cilantro plant’s seeds, coriander.
I didn’t want overwhelming flavors, so I avoided using garlic. I knew the spiciness from the jalapeño would mellow as it cooked, and it ended up providing the perfect amount of heat. I love the contrast in texture between the perfectly smooth soup and the crunchy corn in the salsa.
My soup started out too thick and too much like baby food, but I just kept thinning it with stock. In the end I had a well-balanced dish that will serve eight for a small first course or four as part of a main course. I served this soup for dinner along with a side of quesadillas.
It’s best to make this soup in the morning, so it has time to chill in the refrigerator. If you’re pressed for time like I was, the freezer works, too.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 jalapeño peppers, seeds removed and diced
- 3 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 ears of corn
- 2 avocados, seeded and diced
- Half a bunch cilantro, stems removed and chopped (about half a cup)
- Juice from 1 lime
Step 1. Warm the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, season well with salt and pepper and cook until sweating and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the jalapeños and cook for another 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Step 7. To make the salsa, start by roasting the corn ears over a burner’s open flame. Rest the corn on the burner grate and turn it when the kernels begin to blacken (some will burst). It helps to leave a large handle when shucking the corn to make turning it easier.