Pretty to look at and lovely to eat, this cold beet soup with honeyed ricotta is a tasty dish for the first warm days of spring. Brimming with natural sweetness, balsamic vinegar and cancer fighting beets are a natural combo. And when this soup gets its delicious dollop of honeyed ricotta stirred into it, along with its drizzle of sharply sweet balsamic reduction, the result is a refreshing treat that will tempt the most jaded of tastebuds.
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- 2 quarts vegetable stock
- 2 large beets, peeled and chopped
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Ann's Tips and Tricks
You can make the soup ahead of time up to the end of step 1 and freeze it in portions. When you want to eat it, leave it to defrost in the fridge before adding the ricotta etc.
If you can find it, you can drizzle the soup with Saba, which is thick syrupy version of pungently sweet balsamic vinegar, and pass on making the reduction.