Saturday, May 1, 2010

Orange, Carrot & Yam Soup w/ Tarragon and Brandy

Here's another bowl of orange food, and it is indeed very orange. It's based on a soup that my mom mentioned to me last week and had really enjoyed. Her version did not have the yam, but other than that, I used the same ingredients she described.

This  may be a "90's-esque" soup--not sure why, but I remember the carrot/orange combo popping up on menus all over the place in the 90's...anyone else have that same memory? Anyway, 90's or not,  it's very tasty—sweet, savory, and slightly acidic all at once.

Serves 4

1 large yam
6 large carrots
1 large onion (~ 1 generous cup finely chopped)
6 cups water/veggie broth (I used 2 cups veggie broth and 4 cups water)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon brandy (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
plenty of fresh tarragon
dollop of soy yogurt for garnish

Chop the carrot, onion, and sweet potato and saute with a pinch of chili flakes in a little oil or water until the onion becomes translucent. Add the water/broth, bring to a boil and cook until carrots and potato are tender. Transfer to blender and blend until smooth. Return to pot, add salt and pepper to taste.

Just before serving, stir in the fresh orange juice and brandy (if using). Top with plenty of fresh tarragon and some soy yogurt.

The result is a delicious meal that comes together quickly with simple ingredients. The brandy is not essential...I am not sure whether I can taste it in there at all. I imagine this would be nice with cinnamon too.


  1. Rose,

    The soup sounds great and I love your photos. I almost feel like I can taste it. I think I remember orange and carrot in the 80's and 90's too. But who cares if it tastes good. I love the sound of the tarragon in this.

    Thanks for sharing this,

  2. Very cool idea. Probably hardly any calories as well. I'll add it to the pile of recipes I need to try.

  3. Alicia,

    The soup is incredibly tasty for the few simple ingredients it contains...I'm eating it for breakfast today. Maybe it was the 80''s all one big blur:)


    I think you're right about the calories, but it tastes good anyway. I'd love to see your version if you try it.

  4. That soup is very pretty and I bet yummy too! I do remember that combo popping up all over back then, just goes to show that good food is timeless:)

  5. This looks lovely and sounds amazing! But hey, I don't remember eating, seeing or hearing of any soups containing orange juice in the '80s or '90s. How did that phenomenon pass me by? I was robbed! >:-(

    But with this recipe I can redeem those lost decades and missed orange-soup opportunities. Thanks, Rose! :-)

  6. Janet,

    I think menus do go through shifts and trends like other stuff...I remember a common version being carrot/orange/ginger. BTW, I tried your orange raspberry salad dressing that you posted this past week; it's great...thanks for the recipe. I think I'll post about that next.


    LOL.Maybe you were in some sort of an orange-soupless vortex. Anyway, I hope you enjoy redeeming your orange-soup.

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