Carrot Soup with Potatoes and Cream

Potatoes and carrots simmer in chicken stock with thyme and herbes de Provence before being pureed and garnished with cream and parsley for a tasty soup.

Yield

8 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 Spanish onion, chopped
6 cups reduced-fat chicken broth
5 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 small potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
1 pinch dried thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup heavy cream
8 sprigs parsley

Directions

Melt the butter in a large pot over low heat. When the butter begins to foam, add the onion; cook until the onion begins to turn translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken broth, carrots, potatoes, herbes de Provence, thyme, and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Raise heat to medium-high and bring to a boil; reduce heat again to low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.

Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway. Securing the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, start to blend using a few quick pulses before allowing to blend continually; puree in batches until smooth. Divide into eight soup bowls; garnish each portion with about 1/2 tablespoon heavy cream and a sprig of parsley.

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