This easy carrot soup recipe is a great way to use up a bag of carrots that were forgotten in your produce drawer. The carrots cook together with aromatics like onions, garlic and fresh herbs before being puréed into a silky smooth soup that's delicious for dinner or packed up for lunch.

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook


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Recipe Summary

50 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat butter and oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until the butter melts. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and thyme (or parsley); cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds.

  • Stir in carrots. Add water and broth; bring to a lively simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until very tender, about 25 minutes.

  • Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Stir in half-and-half (if using), salt and pepper.


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Ingredient Note: Chicken-flavored broth, a vegetarian broth despite its name, is preferable to vegetable broth in some recipes for its hearty, rich flavor. Sometimes called “no-chicken” broth, it can be found with the soups in the natural-foods section of most supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; protein 6.8g; carbohydrates 21.7g; dietary fiber 5.2g; sugars 9.2g; fat 8.3g; saturated fat 2.8g; cholesterol 7.6mg; vitamin a iu 26873.8IU; vitamin c 12.6mg; folate 39.5mcg; calcium 81.2mg; iron 1.1mg; magnesium 27.5mg; potassium 794.8mg; sodium 486.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
I came here looking for carrot soup recipes for some leftover cooked carrots I had after making homemade beef broth in the crock pot. I am on a liquid diet post-op for a few weeks which was why I needed the broth but I love carrots and hated the thought of throwing the solids out! I pureed the cooked carrots with the spices (adding a little turmeric as suggested in another review) used the beef broth instead of chicken and almond milk instead of cream. Delicious and perfect for my new tummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We loved it. Easy to make delicious Added a little curry powder and red pepper flakes for some spice. Had left overs. Even tasted better the next day for lunch. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The forgotten bag of potatoes was way bad to even cook so I grabbed the forgotten bag of carrots and made this soup no celery so added celery salt. I used to just boil the carrots and then blend but everything sautee first makes it even better! Read More
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This was terrific! Even very picky 9 yo liked it & I loved it! I opted not to add the half & half as I thought it was great without. I might add something like a dash of cinnamon or something next time or maybe a bit of honey. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious low-calorie ultra-satisfying This soup is fantastic! I love carrots and this soup is tasty and filling. It has helped me lose weight the last few weeks because I eat it before my meals and it helps me eat less. Pros: 77 calories a cup delicious and healthy! Cons: None for me! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this today using the exact recipe. The carrot soup turned out perfect and delicious. A keeper recipe for sure. I am thinking roasted garlic may be good in it and want to try that next time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Carrot Soup I found this the easiest directions to follow. I had a few small beets in fridge so I put them in also.. it turned out really nice.. Thanks for sharing! Pros: easy to prepare Cons: none yet! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy and delicious! Even my husband liked it and he doesn't eat carrots! I added a few dashes of cayenne pepper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was excellent! I added extra onions garlic celery and carrots. I've made it twice and the 2nd time I spiced it up with red pepper flakes and organic diced tomatoes. Yummy!! Very easy! Read More