Carrot soup with labneh

A soup that can be made with minimum fuss yet delivers big flavor; if you happen to have some labneh, great, otherwise drain some yogurt that morning. I used a bit of the stash of cilantro pesto from my freezer to speed things up.

INGREDIENTS: 6 servings

  • 1 pound of carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 1 cup of labneh or make your own with 2 cups of yogurt drained overnight in a coffee filter or a paper towel over a sieve
  • Salt, to taste

METHOD:

  1. Peel and cut the carrots; chop the onion; chop and mash the garlic in a mortar with a dash of salt. Heat some olive oil and fry the onion till golden; add the carrots and let them “sweat” a little. Add 4 cups of water with the bouillon cube  to the pot and bring to a boil; simmer until the carrots are cooked, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet. Place the mashed garlic and minced cilantro in the skillet and stir to mix for 5 seconds; set aside.
  3. When the carrots are ready, cool them a bit and puree in a blender with the cilantro pesto and the labneh. Serve.


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17 Comments

  1. Posted June 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Love the bold flavors in this soup. It is dinner time here and I only wish I can have that bowl of soup and bread and free myself from cooking.

  2. Posted June 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    This soup is delightful. The silky texture and flavor combination. Wow.

    I absolutely love your recipes. I am always delighted when I visit your blog.

    Velva

  3. Posted June 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I love carrot soup. I’m growing carrots in my garden this year – can;t wait to mak ethem into soup!

  4. Posted June 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    love the addition of cilantro pesto in the soup and it’s so easy to make. great recipe!

  5. Posted June 24, 2011 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    A delightful soup! I really love your pretty bowl.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. Posted June 24, 2011 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Yummy! I love carrot soup. Can’t wait to try this version.

  7. Posted June 24, 2011 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Seriously i can finish that wonderful bowl of soup anytime, inviting and comforting..

  8. Posted June 24, 2011 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    WOW, the color and texture of this soup are stunning, and I know the flavor, especially with all that cilantro, will be perfect. I MUST now make labneh. – S

  9. Posted June 24, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Lovely soup. I will try it with yogurt. Delicious clicks :)

  10. Posted June 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Delicious!! I love carrot soup and think it would be so marvelously creamy with yogurt stirred in. Yum. :-)

  11. Posted June 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    I made carrot soup for the first time last winter and loved it! This looks like a delightful version.

  12. Posted June 26, 2011 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    Another beautiful and tasty way to eat carrots. It looks so delicious and the picture – all of your pictures – are delightful ! thank you.

  13. Posted June 27, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    This sounds so perfect, I love a smooth vegie soup and labneh sounds like the perfect companion!

  14. Posted June 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Great flavors and such wonderful color :)

  15. Posted July 5, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Voilà une soupe qu’il me plairais fort de goûter….ça doit être un pur moment de gourmandise

  16. ISW
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    I loved this recipe. Easily became one of my favourite soups. Not labour intensive yet delivers with flavour. I enjoyed the lemony taste the cilantro gave.

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