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Carrot Soup

Portuguese Homestyle Cooking - click to purchaseThis recipe comes from Ana Patuleia Ortins who is the author of the book, Portuguese Homestyle Cooking. The book gives an overview of the centuries old cultural influences on Portugal’s cuisine. It describes the ingredients common to Mediterranean countries and essential to Portuguese cuisine including olive oil, onions, bay leaves, garlic, fresh coriander, paprika, chili peppers and red sweet peppers.

The abundant use of legumes and leafy greens in its hearty soups and stews. The unusual combinations of meat and shellfish. The wine and garlic marinated casseroles. The simple seafood preparations. Luscious egg-sweet desserts. Fresh herb bread. It is all part of the rich and tasty tapestry that the author, a passionate Portuguese cook, dishes up in this wondeful bookCacoila.

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"Freshly harvested carrots make this a truly wonderful dish that is easy-to-make and is loaded with vitamin A. It’s perfect in the fall and especially as a first course dish for Thanksgiving. It is unique because it is unusual to have a straight-forward puréed soup in Portuguese cooking that does not require other ingredients to give it additional texture".


4 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic, left whole
1/4 cup peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped very-ripe tomato
1 pound carrots, peeled, roughly chopped
1 medium white sweet potato, peeled and roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
1 cup peeled and roughly chopped yellow turnip (rutabaga)
4 cups water
1 tablespoon coarse salt or to taste
1/8 teaspoon white pepper

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 4-quart stockpot over medium-high heat.
  • Add and sauté the onion until lightly golden.
  • Stir in the garlic and tomato.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and continue cooking until the tomato is soft and partially dissolved, about 15 minutes.
  • Put in the carrots, sweet potato, and turnip.
  • Pour in the water, cover, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables are very tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and purée the soup.
  • Stir in the remaining oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring the soup back to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 2 more minutes and serve.

For entertaining or special occasions, I steer away from tradition and dress this dish up with a drizzle of heavy cream.

When you stir in the remaining oil (penultimate step), add 3/4 pound fresh spinach, coarsely chopped. Simmer for 5 minutes until the spinach is just tender.

Serves 6

Ana Patuleia Ortins

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