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This fabulous recipe for Carrot Ginger Soup is by PAULDING & CO – a full catering kitchen based in San Francisco boasting vast opportunities for bonding and excitement founded by mother-daughter duo Terry and Tracy Paulding.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Yield: 6 servings (about one cup each)

1 onion
1 lb. carrots
1-inch piece ginger
1 clove garlic
2 tsp. olive oil
Pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1 quart water plus 1 Tbs. light miso
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste (or white pepper)
Chiffonade of basil or Thai basil for garnish

Peel and coarsely dice onion.
Peel and slice carrots.
Peel and slice ginger (scrape skin off ginger with the dull back-side of a paring knife).
Peel and chop garlic.

Warm olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add onion, carrots and ginger.

Sautรฉ over medium heat until starting to soften.

Add garlic, and continue to cook for a minute longer.

Add cayenne, water and miso, and bring to a boil over high heat.

Turn down to a simmer and cook, covered for 15 minutes.

Taste, and add salt and pepper as needed.

Continue to cook another 10 minutes, until very soft. Puree in the blender until smooth. Adjust seasonings and add more water if too thick.

Garnish bowls of soup with a chiffonade of fresh basil or Thai basil, and serve.

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