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A delicious combination of carrot and orange, with a touch of spice from some turmeric and cumin, cooked up into a fabulous soup in the slow cooker.

Simple Slow Cooker Carrot and Orange Soup with Turmeric and Cumin www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: A black bowl with carrot and orange soup, sitting on a marble surface, in the centre of the photo. On the soup, a garnish of three slices of orange, one coriander leaf and some nigella seeds. The marble surface has some grey spots towards the top left corner, the rest is white.

I can hear you groaning already. Not another soup! Ok, sorry, I know… Too much soup. But this was one of those freak-success recipes. You know, when you have something leftover, you need to use it up, and you think what the heck, I’ll just pop this in the slow cooker and hope for the best?

Simple Slow Cooker Carrot and Orange Soup with Turmeric and Cumin www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: Two black bowls of carrot orange soup, at each end of the photo (landscape layout). One is sitting on a bunched up black linen napkin, the other on a grey dish cloth. The grey and white marble surface is visible in the middle. Garnishes as in other pics.

Then I had an idea for a really interesting addition (the orange juice), which could have meant the whole pot going down the drain. But guess what? It was fabulous! Not just ok, it was blog-worthy.

Simple Slow Cooker Carrot and Orange Soup with Turmeric and Cumin www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: A bunch of carrots with their tops on, tied with string, lying on the marble surface towards the top right corner. Below the carrots, to the right of the photo, an orange and below the orange two orange halves cut side up. At the bottom of the photo a smudge of cumin powder. All the ingredients are forming a back to front C shape.

So then I was stuck. I really wanted to post it, and I couldn’t wait till later because soon it’s going to be too warm for soups. So I had to go with back to back slow cooker soup recipes. Sorry. Well actually, I’m not sorry. ‘Cause it’s good soup! Try it and see.

Simple Slow Cooker Carrot and Orange Soup with Turmeric and Cumin www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: The two bowls of soup sitting on the marble surface, one is at the top of the photo, the other just below and to its left. The bottom right corner is all empty white marble space. Garnishes in bowls as before.

Aaand I’ve just this minute remembered to google “my” creation. So apparently carrot and orange soup is a thing. As in, a well-known, very popular thing. I promise I had never heard of it before! Arghh, I hate when this happens.

Simple Slow Cooker Carrot and Orange Soup with Turmeric and Cumin www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: Landscape layout photo of one bowl of soup on the marble surface. To its right the bunched up grey linen dish cloth.

But I can’t honestly say I’m surprised, it’s so good, of course someone would have thought of it before me. Oh well. I think my choice of spices is a little different from most of the other trillion recipes out there…!

Simple Slow Cooker Carrot and Orange Soup with Turmeric and Cumin www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: One of the bowls sitting on a messily folded black linen napkin. Bowl is towards the top left corner. Garnish as before. In the bottom right corner the marble pattern has a grey smudge on the mostly white surface.

Ingredients

600gr carrots, topped, tailed and washed well (weigh after prep)

3 Tbs olive oil

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cumin

720ml (3 cups) hot water

100ml (6Tbs + 2 tsp) orange juice, from freshly squeezed oranges

nigella seeds to serve (totally optional, I only used them to look nice!)

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If you use organic carrots you don’t need to peel them. Just give them a good wash and scrape any dodgy parts if necessary.

Step 1

Chop the carrots and pop them in the slow cooker insert. Add the olive oil, seasoning and spices. Pour the water over everything and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until the carrots are soft and blendable (i.e. won’t kill your blender).

Step 2

{Note: Mine was on for 12 hours but since then I have realised that something’s not quite right with my slow cooker, it’s taking way to long to cook stuff. So best thing is to check for tenderness. Although even if you leave the carrots cooking for ages they will be fine!}

Step 3

Use a stick blender to blend your soup till nice and smooth. It will be quite thick. Add the orange juice, stir, and leave on high for another 15 minutes till nice and hot.

Step 4

Serve with whatever garnishes you fancy. Could be nigella seeds, fresh coriander, croutons, or crumbled feta cheese (the feta is delish).

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