Instant Pot Spiced Carrot Soup

Smooth and creamy, comforting soup.

3 Tbs. olive oil
6 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups (10 oz./310 g) raw unsalted cashews
1 bay leaf
4 cups (32 fl. oz./1 l) chicken or vegetable broth
2 tsp. grated orange zest
Crème fraîche for garnish
Fresh tarragon leaves for garnish (optional)
Chopped toasted almonds for garnish (optional)

In an Instant Pot set to “sauté,” warm the olive oil. Add the carrots, celery and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, curry powder, paprika, cumin, chili powder, ginger and cayenne, season with salt and black pepper, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are well coated with the spices, about 5 minutes more. Add the cashews, bay leaf and broth and stir to combine.

Lock the lid in place and turn the valve to “sealing.” Press the “keep warm/cancel” button to reset the program, then press the “soup” button and set the cook time for 20 minutes at high pressure.

When the Instant Pot beeps at the end of the pressure cooking, turn the valve to “venting” to manually release the steam. When the steam stops, carefully remove the lid and transfer half of the mixture to a blender. Process the soup on high speed until smooth and creamy. Transfer the puree to a saucepan, puree the remaining half the same way, and add to the saucepan.

Heat the soup on the stove top over medium-high heat until piping hot. Stir in the orange zest. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper. Divide among individual bowls, garnish with the crème fraîche, tarragon and almonds, and serve immediately. Serves 6.

Note: I left out the orange zest & nuts. I also made my own chicken broth using Better Than Bouillion. Definitely, a winner and I will double the recipe next time. The flavor was incredible.