Carrot & Orange Soup with Paprika Recipe

Today I suggest you put some sunshine on your plate by cooking seasonal fruits and vegetables, what do you say? With this pretty orange soup, you can fill up on vitamins and what's more, it's delicious!

In my kitchen, vegetable creams are a staple.  With this pretty orange soup, you can fill up on vitamins and what's more, it's delicious!  It's worth devoting one day a week to preparing a large number of portions to store in the refrigerator or freezer, and a soup like this carrot and orange soup is a perfect example. 

There's nothing like a hearty soup that won't leave you feeling bloated.  Vegetable creams appeal to me because they can be easily customized to fit everyone's taste.  You can thicken or thin the texture, make it smoother with a little light cream, spice it up (like the paprika used here) and just like with any recipe, the possibilities are endless.  A few sprigs of fresh coriander are a nice addition here, and you've got yourself a tasty starter or light dinner.

If you like, throw in a slice of fresh ginger to your soup: it will complement the flavours and the kick effect will be enhanced!  Serve with crispy sliced bread or croutons.  

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 4
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 tsp ground coriander
180g carrots, cut into pieces
zest and juice of one orange
950ml vegetable stock
salt and pepper
large pinch of dried paprika
squeeze of lemon juice
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot.  Add the onion and cook until softened and lightly browned.  Add the coriander and stir for one minute.

2. Add the carrots and stir to coat with the olive oil. Add the vegetable stock and stir to loosen the spicy onions from the base and then bring to the boil.

3. Simmer for about 20 minutes, until the carrots are soft.

4. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.  Then in batches, place the mixture in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

5. Add the orange juice, plenty of salt and pepper and the paprika.  Taste and adjust to liking.  Add squeeze of lemon juice to sharpen the flavour.  Serve with a few fresh coriander leaves for garnish.