The humble carrot makes an amazing soup – especially when you sneak bacon in! Carrot Soup is quick and easy, keeps well for days, freezes brilliantly, and the only thing it needs is hot crusty bread for dunking. It’s thick and creamy, savoury and sweet – and I love the colour!
When the end of the week rolls round and the cupboards are pretty bare, I can still bank on having carrots, onion and garlic. And there are a handful of terrific meals that I can think of making with these 3 things – Carrot Pilaf, sautéed carrot in garlic butter tossed through pasta, a golden fluffy omelette stuffed with buttery julienned carrots, and this carrot soup.
Though this soup does have a wee bit more in it than just carrots, onion and garlic, they are mostly pantry essentials with the “other” things being optional.
Like – bacon. 🙂 Crisp up some bacon in the pot before adding all the carrot soup stuff, and it makes the most amazing flavour base ever. It really takes the humble carrot soup to another level.
So I’m really hoping you have some bacon stashed away in the freezer (and if not – why not?!😉)
Carrot Soup looks pretty much like Pumpkin Soup. In fact, you could interchange the two photos and I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference (errr, well except for the fact that I took those photos so I know which is which 😂)
There are also similarities in the flavour. Naturally sweet with undertones of savoury, and the same thick, creamy texture – even if you don’t use cream.
I do use cream in this recipe – but it’s optional. It adds an extra touch of richness that can be substituted with a dollop of butter – or left out.
When I’m trying to be “healthy”, I leave the cream out of the soup then drizzle just 1 teaspoon on the surface. It tricks my simple mind into thinking there’s more cream in it than there actually is! – Nagi x
Carrot soup is incredibly delicious - sweet, savoury and creamy. And I LOVE the colour! The bacon makes a terrific flavour base here, but you can skip it (Note 1). Recipe video below.
- 1 tbsp olive oil or butter
- 4 slices streaky bacon (~120g/4oz)
- 1 onion , chopped
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 5 large carrots , cut into 1.5 cm / 3/5" chunks
- 1 litre / 1 quart vegetable or chicken broth (4 cups)
- 1/2 cup / 125 ml cream
- 3/4 cup / 185ml milk (any fat %)
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh thyme or chopped parsley
- Cream , for swirling
- Crusty bread
Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until golden. Remove from pot, cool then chop.
Add onion and garlic into the bacon drippings. Cook for 2 minutes until onion is translucent but not browned.
Add carrots and stir well to coat the carrot in the oil.
Add broth, then stir. Cover with lid, adjust heat so it is simmering energetically (about medium). Cook for 20 - 25 minutes until carrot is very soft.
Remove lid, turn heat off. Use a stick blender to puree the carrot (or cool slightly and do in blender).
Add cream, milk, salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Adjust thickness with milk (or water), if desired.
Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with swirls of cream, bacon and parsley or thyme if desired. Serve with crusty bread.
1. If you skip the bacon, I would suggest adding something else to compensate for loss of flavour. Suggestions: 1 tsp of ground coriander or other spice of choice (stir into soup) or 2 tsp finely chopped ginger (saute with onion and garlic).
2. Nutrition per serving, assuming 4 servings. If you skip the bacon, it reduces to 200 calories. If you also skip the cream, it reduces to 99 calories.
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