1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, separated
Preheat oven to 350˚ F.
In a large pot, cover carrots with cold water and season with sea salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil, then bring to low-heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.
Meanwhile, slice bread into 1/4 inch cubes to make croutons. Add cubed bread to a large mixing bowl with olive oil and sliced almonds. Gently toss to combine. Place croutons onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy.
Transfer the carrots and 1 cup of cooking water to a blender; pulse until smooth. Add almond milk, tarragon, sage and sea salt and pepper; puree soup until well combined. Transfer soup to four serving bowls.
Serve warm topped with almond croutons.
Servings: 4 Serving Size: 3/4 cup Calories: 239.6 cal • Fat: 7.2 g • Protein: 5.6 g • Carb: 40.2 g • Fiber: 9.0 g • Sugar: 15.6 g • Sodium: 527.9 mg
Recipe by Gluten Free Recipes - The Healthy Apple at http://thehealthyapple.com/2013/05/06/cream-of-carrot-soup-with-almond-croutons/