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Carrot Soup with Star Anise

Carrot Soup with Star Anise

Ingredients

  • 6 large fresh thyme sprigs
  • 5 whole star anise, divided
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 1-pound bags peeled baby carrots
  • 2 cups low-salt chicken broth

Recipe Preparation

  • Melt butter in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, thyme, 3 star anise, bay leaves, and garlic. Sauté until onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and broth. Bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until carrots are very tender, about 30 minutes.

  • Remove and discard thyme sprigs, star anise, and bay leaves. Working in small batches, puree soup in blender until very smooth; return to same pot. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, cover, and chill. Rewarm over low heat before continuing.

  • Finely grind remaining star anise in spice mill or coffee grinder. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with ground star anise.

Recipe by Maureen C Petrosky,Photos by Charles SchillerReviews Section


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