Creamy Potato-Carrot Soup

In this sweet and savory potato and carrot soup, carrots and apple lend the sweet notes, while potato and half-and-half add a savory counterpoint and a layer of creaminess. The bay leaf gives it a depth of flavor. Top this simple soup with celery leaves and a drizzle of half-and-half.

Creamy Potato-Carrot Soup
Photo: Fred Hardy
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion

  • 1 cup chopped celery, plus leaves for serving

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth

  • 3 cups sliced carrots

  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 medium), cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 large Honeycrisp apple, chopped

  • 1 fresh bay leaf

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • ½ cup half-and-half, plus 8 teaspoons, divided


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and translucent, about 8 minutes.

  2. Add broth, carrots, potatoes, apple and bay leaf to the pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the carrots and potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.

  3. Working in batches, if necessary, pour the soup into a blender. Secure the lid on the blender, remove the center piece to allow steam to escape and place a clean towel over the opening. Process until smooth, 45 seconds to 1 minute. (Alternatively, puree soup in the pot with an immersion blender until smooth. Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Return the soup to the pot and stir in lemon juice and 1/2 cup half-and-half. Top each serving with celery leaves, if desired, and drizzle each with 1 teaspoon half-and-half.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

144 Calories
6g Fat
23g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 144
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Vitamin A 7784IU 156%
Sodium 286mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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