Feeling Under the Weather? Gingery Beet Soup to the Rescue!
If I'm coming down with a cold, there are three things I reach for: soup, ginger, and blankets. So when I first tried this recipe in the test kitchen, I knew it would be in heavy rotation this winter (and it has!). This velvety beet-and-potato soup features a double dose of ginger plus garlic for extra wellness credit. And it comes together in about half an hour.
Sauté a pungent combination of chopped onion, ginger, and garlic in olive oil until tender. While the aromatics are doing their thing, chop up a couple of beets and a Yukon Gold potato (you could substitute a russet, but I prefer the gold varieties for an extra creamy texture). Add some water, and let everything simmer until the vegetables are soft-I like to check the beets with the tip of a paring knife. Season with salt and pepper and let cool for about five minutes or so. Blend in batches! It's important when pureeing hot items to give ample room for the steam to escape. Once completely cool, this soup can be stored in the fridge for a week or frozen for up to a month. (Frozen soup in the freezer is like money in the bank-I recommend stocking up, especially during the winter months.)
Don't put your ginger away just yet. Grate some into a bowl of plain yogurt for the topping. (This yogurt blend is also extremely delicious with chopped pears and a handful of granola-the flavor is so vibrant you'd swear there was more in there than just two ingredients.) If you're using a strained, Greek-style yogurt, add a bit of water to make the consistency more like heavy cream. The yogurt will incorporate more easily into the soup if it's a little thinner. And it'll help you achieve a more lively #arrivalmovie-inspired logogram (LOVED that film). Finish the top with a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper, and fresh thyme leaves if you have some kicking around in the fridge. (Chopped dill, chives, or parsley would also taste great here.)
Next time you feel a tickle in the back of your throat, get a pot of this cozy soup on the burner. Or forward the recipe to a loved one with a please and thank you!
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