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Creamy Beet Soup (Hungarian Céklakrémleves)

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Beet Soup (Céklakrémleves) hails from Transylvania with tarragon, lemon and sour cream. You don’t have to be Transylvanian Hungarian, but if you use tarragon, lemon and sour cream for a soup, you qualify. A popular Christmas dinner start with stunning red color.

Creamy Beetroot Soup Main 11-Dec-20

Creamy Beet Soup (Hungarian Céklakrémleves)

Recipe developed by Diet Desires.

Servings: 3

Course: Soup/Stews

Cuisine: Hungarian

Calories: 224

Keywords: authentic, Easy-to-prepare, Freezable, Make Ahead, one-pan, Stove top

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour

Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Serving: 1cup | Sodium: 297mg | Calcium: 72mg | Vitamin C: 6mg | Vitamin A: 353IU | Sugar: 8g | Fiber: 4g | Potassium: 398mg | Cholesterol: 85mg | Calories: 224 | Saturated Fat: 6g | Fat: 17g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 13g | Iron: 2mg

You don’t have to be Transylvanian Hungarian, but if you use tarragon, lemon and sour cream for a soup, you qualify. A popular Christmas dinner start with stunning red color.

Ingredients

  • 250 g beetroot, in whole
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • 1 garlic, minced
  • 400 ml vegetable broth, (low-salt)
  • ½ tsp Vegeta
  • ½ tsp tarragon
  • 1 egg yolk*
  • ½ cup sour cream*
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP pumpkin seeds, freshly roasted

Instructions

  • Wash the beetroots and chop off the two ends. Don’t peel them. Pour over the veggies just enough water to cover, then cook them for 50 about minutes.

  • Strain the beetroots. Save half cup of the cooking water, discard the rest. Set aside.
  • Peel the beetroots and roughly dice them.

  • In a medium pot, sauté the diced onion on the oil till it becomes glassy, about 3 minutes. Add minced garlic, sauté it about 30 seconds.
  • Add diced beetroot, vegetable broth, the half cup cooking liquid, Vegeta and tarragon. Cook the soup for 5 minutes.

  • Pour it into a blender and blend till smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  • In a cup mix the sour cream and egg yolk. Dilute mix with a half a cup soup. Add to the rest of the soup, along with the lemon.

  • Pour the sour cream mix into the soup, stir it well.

  • Serve it hot. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds. (No need to use oil for the seeds.)

Notes & Ingredients

*Substitute sour cream with coconut cream for vegan version, and skip adding egg yolk.

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About Chief Desirist Dr Hanna

Former PhD chemist turned to chocolatier. Now in New Hampshire USA starting a food business in my 3rd country, after NZ and AU. I’m very committed to sustainability, defined as buying locally, shunning preservatives & artificial ingredients, and using only natural fruits and herbs and highest cocoa content possible for chocolates

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