Farmed on urban rooftops, gorgeous local honey from Sydney's The Urban Beehive is the star ingredient of this winter-warming soup. It's jam-packed with a healthy dose of vegies, too! Once you've made a batch, you can serve bowlfuls straight to the table or pack this soup in a heat-proof container and enjoy a picnic outdoors – just add a dollop of natural yoghurt and a sprinkling of micro herbs to each serve, if you desire, plus crusty bread on the side.
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300g butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into rough pieces
1kg carrots, peeled, halved
1 brown onion, peeled, quartered
8 eschalots, unpeeled
8 cloves garlic, unpeeled
1 leek, trimmed, roughly chopped
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and white pepper, to season
2L vegetable stock
1 bunch thyme
2 bay leaves
Organic honey, to serve
Micro herbs, to garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 160°C. Place pumpkin, carrot, onion, eschalots, garlic, ginger and leek in a large roasting tray. Drizzle over oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss until coated. Roast for about 45 minutes or until caramelised, turning vegetables halfway.
Place stock, thyme and bay leaves in a heavy-based pot and bring to a simmer. Squeeze garlic and eschalot flesh from their skins into stock. Add cooked vegetables and bring to a simmer. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove pot from the heat.
Remove thyme stalks and bay leaves and discard. Use a handheld stick blender to puree the soup in pot or puree ladlefuls in a food processor until smooth. If soup is too thick, add more stock or water. Season to taste. Drizzle each bowl of soup with honey to serve. Sprinkle with micro herbs if desired.