This is a vibrant soup with bright and fresh flavors. Mint and peas is a classic combination. Accompanied with the natural sweetness of roasted garlic and carrots and a kiss of spices, this elegant dish is a definite winner. Serve with fresh crusty ciabatta or croutons. —Kaira G
Preheat oven to 390 degrees F (~200 degrees C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper or foil.
On the baking tray, add 2 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper to carrots and garlic cloves and toss to coat. Arrange garlic cloves and carrots in a single layer. Bake in oven for 3o to 35 minutes until carrots are tender. Squeeze roasted garlic out from the skin and set aside with the carrots.
In a separate large saucepan, melt the butter in the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it starts to brown.
Stir in peas, roasted carrots and garlic. Cook for another minute. Add in hot simmering broth and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until peas are tender.
In batches, transfer the broth with the veggies into blender. Add in yogurt, fresh mint leaves, roasted carrots and garlic. Blend until a smooth mixture.
Return soup to the saucepan. Stir in buttermilk (if using). Season with cumin, cinnamon and pepper as needed and bring to a simmer. Serve pipping hot with a drizzle of yogurt if desired.