*  Exported from  MasterCook Mac  *
               Carrot-Orange Soup with Toasted Cashew Garnish
 Recipe By     : Dairy Hollow House
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Appetizers                       Low Fat
                 Soups and Stews                  Vegetables
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2      tbsps         butter
    1      lg            onion -- chopped
    4      c             fat-free chicken broth
    1      tbsp          honey -- or to taste
    1 1/2  lbs           carrots -- peeled and chopped
    2      tbsps         tomato paste
    2      tbsps         long-grain rice
                         orange zest -- from 1 orange
    1      c             fresh orange juice
      1/2  c             evaporated skim milk -- * see note
                         salt and pepper -- to taste
      1/8  tsp           nutmeg -- optional
    1      tbsp          brandy -- optional
           dash          cayenne pepper -- optional
                         toasted cashews -- for garnish
 *Original recipe called for 1/2 c heavy cream.
 In a 10 skillet, melt butter over medium heat.  Add onion and saute 
 until it starts to soften, about 3 minutes.  Transfer the saute to a soup 
 pot with broth, honey, carrots, tomato paste, and rice.  Bring to a boil, 
 then turn down heat to medium low and let simmer, covered for 30 minutes 
 or until the rice is quite soft.
 Transfer soup to a blender and puree with the orange zest and juice, 
 cream, and salt and pepper.  Taste.  If carrots are flavorfull enough, 
 you won't need anything else, but if its not quite there, add nutmeg, 
 brandy and cayenne to taste.  For extra smoothness, you may strain the 
 soup after pureeing.
 Return the soup to the pot and reheat, watching closely to prevent 
 burning.  Taste.  If its too thick, thin with additional broth.  Serve 
 with toasted cashews as garnish.
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 Per serving: 160 Calories; 4g Fat (20% calories from fat); 11g Protein; 
 26g Carbohydrate; 11mg Cholesterol; 539mg Sodium