I’ve just spent the morning making my ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ carrot soup.
It sprang into being one time I went to make soup, and discovered we had no onions.
So instead I used a couple of rashers of bacon to give it some flavour. I did the bacon in butter and added a potato, some tomato puree, and lots of herbs and seasoning.
Then loads of carrots and perhaps a parsnip or anything else available to hand. Simmer it in vegetable stock until the carrots are just tender – they should still have a bit of bite to them – and then whizz it up with a blender.
I’m still working on this one, but I think you get different results if you put the whole lot in the blender at once, or strain out some of the liquid first. But don’t quote me on that.