Garlicky Carrot Soup with Toasted Canchita

Garlicky Carrot Soup with Toasted Canchita

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This warming carrot soup is delicious when topped with Peruvian “canchita”, or toasted corn, providing a crunch. If you can’t find canchita corn, some homemade croutons would also do the trick.

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~~~Ingredients~~~

Serves 4

4 carrots

1 onion

3 cloves of garlic

A dash of oil x 2

1 low salt chicken stock cube*

2 handfuls of canchita corn

Course salt and pepper to taste

* I use low salt stock cubes so that my baby can have some of this soup too, but you could substitute it for a normal chicken or vegetarian stock cube

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~~~Method~~~

First, chop up the onion and fry it in a large pot, and when they’ve softened, add the peeled and chopped garlic and carrot.  Stir and allow them to soften slightly for a couple of minutes. Next, add 2 cups of boiling water and crumble in a stock cube. Bring the mixture to the boil for three minutes,  then allow to simmer. After five minutes,   check if the carrots are soft. If not, simmer for a few minutes longer. If the carrots are soft, remove the pot from the heat and blend the mixture with a hand blender. Set the soup to one side to cool a little. Take a small pot and add a dash of oil. Put in two handfuls of can chuta corn and cover. You will start to hear the corn pop – they will have all popped within a minute or less, don’t leave the pot on the heat for longer because your corn with quickly burn! To serve, pour the soup into a bowl and drop some canchita on top, adding some course salt and pepper to taste.

My husband likes this soup with a cheese and chicken toastie, and canchita on the side.

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