Carrot Coconut Soup
This is the first post in a five part series called Expecting Nugget! I took the liberty to insanely stock our freezer with lots of good eats in preparation for our first baby. I figured I would share them all because everybody needs good freezer meals!
Soup is the answer. The question: What is the first freezer meal someone should make?
There are oh so many reasons for this. For starters, soup can be fairly cheap to make so worse case scenario you won’t be out a bunch of money if it turns out not to work. But don’t worry. It will work.
Soup is also easy to make in huge batches. Whether you are making two servings of soup or ten, it’s essentially the same amount of time and work.
Because soup is a liquid, it also freezes really nicely and reheats perfectly. The one exception to this is cream-based soups. Most of the time they will work, but I’ve heard the occasional story of cream soups curdling when you reheat them.
Most stock-based soups are good to go for many months in the deep freeze though. So get to blending!
1) In a large, sturdy pot like a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Then add peeled and chopped carrots. Season with curry powder and salt and pepper. Cook until carrots soften and start to brown on the edges.
2) Add diced onions and cook for a minute or two. Then add about 2 cups of vegetable stock and use the liquid to scrape up any bits. Then add the rest of the stock and bring to a simmer.
3) Add coconut milk and simmer for 15 minutes.
4) Remove soup from the heat and let cool. Then blend until smooth (or use an immersion blender). Once smooth, return the soup to the heat.
5) Season the soup with salt and pepper and chili sauce. Serve garnished with cilantro.
For freezing: Cool soup completely and transfer to quart-sized freezer bags. Lay soup flat and freeze until solid. Reheat soup by thawing and then reheating in the stove top or on the microwave.
Carrot Coconut Soup: To Peel or Not to Peel
I go back and forth on whether or not I peel carrots. Many times I’ll just scrub them really well and call it a day. For some reason I decided to peel them on this day, but I’m not sure that it’s necessary. The carrot skin is so thin and it would get pureed with everything else without too much issue. The time it takes to scrub or peel though is sort of a wash.
Chop the carrots roughly and add them to a sturdy pot with some butter (or olive/coconut oil). Cook these over medium heat until they start to soften and brown (8-10 minutes) and then add the curry powder and onions. It’ll start smelling good.
Notice in the above photo that some of the carrots have browned. That’s good stuff. That caramelization is great flavor.
Once the onions cook down a bit, add about half of the vegetable stock and use the liquid to scrape up any bits stuck to your pan. Then add the rest of the stock and the coconut milk. Bring this all to a lovely simmer and let it cook for about 15 minutes.
If you’ve ever read a soup recipe on this site you’ll know that I always warn against blending hot liquids. It really is best to let the soup cool and then blend it in batches to avoid hot splatters everywhere.
If you make enough soups, grabbing an immersion blender is probably a good investment because then you can just blend the soup in the pot. Clean up is easier and you don’t have to wait for it to cool down!
Once the soup is blended, season it with chili sauce and salt and pepper. I gave a really wide range for the chili sauce amount in this soup. Two tablespoons is a good start for a little heat and chili favor, but please do up that amount if you are a chili fan.
If you’re serving it right away, spoon it up and garnish it with fresh cilantro!
Freezing the Soup
If you’re freezing the soup, let it cool to room temperature and then transfer it to quart-sized freezer bags (the sturdy ones please). Freeze these flat and then they stack nicely in your fridge!
Reheating the soup is easy. Let it thaw slowly or dunk it in warm water for a faster thaw. Then heat the soup on the stovetop!
It’s a simple soup, but the flavors are great and it’s filling. This plus a hunk of crusty bread and I’m all set!