This was great and I am not much of a fan of carrots. I hate raw carrots but can tolerate them cooked. I did not use 1/4 cup butter, I only used about a tablespoon to help cut calories. I also used fat free half and half instead of heavy whipping cream, since I had the half & half on hand. It still turned out great. I did make one mistake however, I forgot the recipe steps and put the rosemary in while the soup was simmering instead of at the end. It made the rosemary taste more noticeable, so if you don't want a strong rosemary taste, add it at the end like the recipe states.
Also, if you don't want to puree the soup with a hand immersion blender, you can eat it just as it is. I actually halved it and had it both ways, one a puree, the other more like a stew minus the meat. It was great either way.
This is also a very economical recipe for anyone wanting to save money. I don't buy carrots bagged in plastic, I have found that they are cheaper at the grocery store when you buy them singly by the pound. That way you get just what you need and none go to waste, forgotten in the bottom of your refrigerator. (Besides, I try to avoid food bagged in plastic anyway. Who came up with the idea of putting fresh produce in plastic? I buy all produce sans plastic and carry it in the store on top of my cloth bags in the cart.
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This was great and I am not much of a fan of carrots. I hate raw carrots but can tolerate...