Carrot, capsicum and eggplant soup

Carrot, capsicum and eggplant soup

Juha od mrkve, balancana i crvene paprike

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Dalmatia
Serves
4

There is nothing better than starting a meal with a great soup. This is one of my favourite vegetable soups and I make it frequently in my restaurant as well as at home. Carrot, eggplant and capsicum complement each other very well. The soup can be served chilled, straight from the refrigerator, in summer months or piping hot from the stove in winter. Soups are always better served the day after making them, as this allows the flavours to develop.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
100ml extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 large brown onion, chopped
200 grams carrots, sliced
200 grams red capsicum, washed and diced into 1 cm pieces
200 grams eggplant, peeled and cut into 2 cm dice
1.2 litres vegetable stock
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
fresh herbs to garnish

Method

  1. Put 30 ml of the olive oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the garlic and fry for just a few seconds until it releases its aroma, making sure it doesn’t start to colour. Add the onion and sauté for 10 minutes over medium heat until translucent. Add the carrot and sauté for another 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate frying pan, heat another 30 ml of the olive oil and sauté the capsicum until it starts to become a nice golden-brown colour. Season with salt and pepper then add it to the saucepan with the carrot mixture.
  3. Add another 30 ml olive oil to the empty saucepan and sauté the eggplant until it starts to colour and soften. Season with salt and pepper then add it to the saucepan with the carrot and capsicum mixture. Add the vegetable stock to the saucepan with the vegetables and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 15–20 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and start to break up.
  4. Purée the mixture in the saucepan using a hand-held blender until smooth. Adjust the seasoning, drizzle with the remaining olive oil and serve, garnished with fresh herbs if desired.
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