One time, I found myself wide awake at 5:00 in the morning. I tried going back to sleep, but I just kept tossing and turning in bed. I finally gave up trying, went to the kitchen to get a drink, and out of nowhere, this random thought came to me: “Why don’t I make some carrot soup?”
(Yeah, I don’t know where that came from either!)
It’s a weird craving at such a strange hour, but at least it’s a healthy craving! Mike and I don’t really eat carrots that much, which is a shame, since it has great health benefits. The only real reason why we buy them is for our guinea pig, Booboo-8. But when this vegetable is turned into soup, if cooked right, it can actually be pretty delicious!
Here’s how I made the 5AM Carrot Garlic Soup:
- 4-5 chopped carrots
- 2 medium potatoes
- 8-10 cloves of garlic
- Dried oregano (or basil leaves)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Cooking cream
- 1 cup water
- Salt and pepper
- Spring onions
- Chop up some garlic and set it aside for a few minutes. After chopping the garlic, move on to chopping the carrots and potatoes.
- Add sliced carrots and potatoes to a pot of boiling water. Sprinkle some salt on it. Cook until they become soft.
- On a separate pan, sauté the garlic in butter.
- In batches, add the softened carrots, potatoes, cooked garlic, and 1 cup water in a blender and mix.
- Transfer the blended carrots, potatoes, garlic, and water in a pan and boil for a few minutes. Add the cooking cream, butter, dried oregano or basil leaves, salt, and pepper. If it’s too thick, you can add a little more water or some vegetable broth, if you have any.
- Ladle into a bowl and top with spring onions and dried garlic.
Easy! And you know what? It actually helped me sleep… because I got so full from eating it and I got sleepy right after!