- 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced (I used Russian banana fingerlings)
- 1 1/2 lbs white carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 head garlic (entire bulb)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, stem removed and roughly chopped
- sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- 4 – 6 cups chicken stock/broth (or vegetable broth)
- 1/2 cup non dairy milk, I used cashew milk (optional)
- crispy bacon or coconut bacon
- fresh chives, chopped (or other fresh herbs)
- fresh ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
Add the diced and peeled potatoes and carrots to a large rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan. Drizzle with the olive oil, add the fresh rosemary and a little salt and pepper. Toss it all around to evenly coat and spread into an even layer. Take the head of garlic and peel off the loose outer skin, leave the head itself in tact. Trim about 1/4 inch off the top of the head of garlic to expose the tops of the garlic cloves. Place the bulb inside a small amount of foil and make a pouch. Drizzle just a small amount of olive oil over the garlic and close the foil pouch around it, pinching it at the top.
Place the tray of vegetables and the foil wrapped garlic into the oven. Roast for about 30-45 minutes, tossing the potatoes and carrots occasionally. The vegetables should be golden brown and tender. Check the garlic around 30 minutes. The garlic is done when the center is super soft when pierced with a knife. Remove from the oven, open the foil pouch and set aside to cool.
While the vegetables are nearly done roasting, over a medium heat add the broth to a large saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer until the vegetables are done.
Once the vegetables are done, add the roasted potatoes and carrots plus the rosemary to the stock and remove from the heat. Squeeze all of the garlic cloves out from their skin and add them to the soup as well. If you are adding the non-dairy milk, add this now, as well.
Puree the soup. Using an immersion blender puree the soup until perfectly smooth, with no lumps remaining or working in batches use a high speed blender. (I used my Vitamix) Taking half of the veggies and broth and adding it to the pitcher of your blender (or less depending on the size of your pitcher), blend the soup until smooth and creamy, then pour this into a large serving bowl and blend the remaining soup. Be careful not to blend too much soup at once and put a towel over the lid when you are blending so the hot soup doesn’t explode out. Adjust seasonings to taste, adding a little sea salt and black pepper, if necessary.
Serve hot garnished with fresh chives and maybe a little bacon (or vegan bacon).
- if you don’t have white carrots, try any variety of carrots or even parsnips
- the varying measurement of the broth allows you to make your soup as thick or as thin as you’d like
- the non-dairy milk isn’t at all integral to the recipe, just brings a little extra creaminess