Enjoys a tasty carrot and orange starter.


  • 450 g carrots (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 25 g butter
  • grated zest and juice of two oranges
  • 600 ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 glass dry sherry sea salt freshly-ground black pepper
  • fresh coriander, parsley or croutons to garnish


  • Place the carrots, onions and butter in the pan, cover with parchment and cook over a low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onion softens.
  • Add the orange zest, juice and stock.
  • Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • While the soup is cooking, toast some bread for croutons, and cut them into attractive shapes, like stars or hearts.
  • Blend the soup in a liquidizer or with a hand-held blender until smooth.
  • Add the sherry and season to taste.
  • Serve in nice, big bowls garnished with chopped coriander or parsley and one or two of the croutons.
  • This soup can also be served cold. Chill it very well before garnishing and serving.

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