Darlings! Welcome to week two of Meatless Mondays! Would you believe that La Diva STILL has a bunch of baby beets from last month's CSA? When I looked in my refrigerator I was surprised to find that I had at least a dozen of the earthy root vegetables and thought to myself: better get to steppin' Diva Girl before they go bad! But what could I do with them besides tossing them in a salad?
Okay, to tell the truth, La Diva used to LOATHE beets. That is until I started getting them in my CSA and learned that roasting farm fresh, organic beets were so much tastier and sweeter than the muddy flavored beets from cans that I'd been brought up on. So, if La Diva liked roasted beets in salads, then it stood to reason that a roasted beet soup would please my palate too, right?
I roasted the beets and a quartered white onion in olive oil until tender and then dropped them into a veggie broth to simmer with thyme and a bay leaf. After 45 minutes, the taste was divine! La Diva couldn't believe this!
I pureed the beets and then pushed them through a sieve and put them back into the pan. I tasted it and instantly though: BABY FOOD. Blech. Hmmm.....
What could La Diva add to give this soup a bit of texture? Croutons! I fried up cubes of yesterday's baguette and then for flavor, tossed dill butter and salt through them. I ladled up the soup, squirted a bit of plain Greek yogurt through and then dropped the crunchy bread on top. Wow. So pretty!
La Diva's colorful roasted beet soup with dill butter croutons and yogurt.
RESULT: Hmmmmm.....The soup tasted good actually but I think I would have preferred the texture more had I left the beets chunky in the flavorful broth. I was not overly thrilled that once I pureed the beets, the lovely broth was gone and I was left with a super strong beet taste! But then again, I don't like beets and what the heck did I think was going to happen? Honestly, I could not have enjoyed this soup without the crunchy texture of the croutons, the grassy dill flavor gave the soup that extra bit of "oomph" it required.
Would I make this soup again? Doubtful. In the future, La Diva is stickin' to roasted beet salad with feta and pine nuts. While beets are really not a vegetable I would ever crave, at least I can't say I still LOATHE them!
Do I think you would like this soup if you are a beet lover? ABSOLUTELY. Cost effective, quick and healthy, this would make a good, body-cleansing meal after a few nights of rich foods (or anytime, really.)
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