Close up of Carrot Soup in a rustic black bowl being scooped up with a spoon.
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5 from 15 votes

Creamy Carrot Soup

Recipe video above. 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). 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Keyword: Carrot Soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 351kcal
Author: Nagi

Ingredients

  • 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

Serving:

  • Fresh thyme or chopped parsley
  • Cream , for swirling
  • Crusty bread

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 640mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 267.2% | Vitamin C: 8.5% | Calcium: 11.9% | Iron: 5%