Roasted Carrot Soup

February 25, 2011

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

A toasty warm version of a traditional style carrot soup. - Reeve


Food52 Review: When we first tasted this soup, we were puzzled. How could a dish that calls for only seven ingredients (not counting salt and pepper), and just five simple steps, be so complex in flavor? Reeve has devised a soup that can be put together in about half an hour, yet would be a great first course for a dinner party. It's dairy-free, but supple and creamy, and roasting the carrots gives them sweet, earthy depth. We especially love Reeve's technique of infusing the broth with ginger before making the soup, ensuring a gentle but pervasive heat. We used a good quality vegetable stock, and we recommend you do the same -- since there are so few ingredients here, each one really counts. - A&MThe Editors

Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min


  • 1 3/4 pounds carrots (about 6-8 large carrots)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt (more to taste)
  • 6 cups vegetable stock (good quality, not too high in sodium)
  • 1 piece ginger, an inch long, peeled
  • 1 sprig thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 pinch Freshly ground black pepper
In This Recipe


  1. Peel and cut the carrots into 1/2-inch rounds. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the carrots with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt. Set an oven rack 6 to 8 inches from the heat source and turn on the broiler. Broil the carrots until they brown and soften, turning them over with a spatula every 5 minutes or so; this should take 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring the stock to a boil, add the ginger and the sprig of thyme and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
  3. Put the onion in a medium stock pot with the remaining olive oil. Brown the onion over medium heat, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, and then add the carrots.
  4. Remove the ginger and thyme from the stock and add the stock to the pot with the onions and carrots. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until the carrots are soft enough to puree.
  5. Use an immersion or a standard blender to puree the mixture until smooth. If the soup seems too thick, add more stock or water and reheat gently. Add salt and pepper to taste. To serve, garnish with chopped fresh thyme.

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Reviews (179) Questions (4)

179 Reviews

Cgraeff February 21, 2019
This is delicious and has become one of our top soup recipes
ELCookie February 17, 2019
Made this this afternoon. On a liquid diet and not really feeling up to cooking, so I used vegetable broth from a carton. Since it was only 4 cups, used a little less carrot but a whole small onion. The soup is delicious. Even the eaters in the family went back for more.
molly L. February 11, 2019
delicious! a little more time consuming than the 15 mins the recipe stated but turned out lovely and I'll definitely make again.
Elhart January 27, 2019
This was really delicious and healthy. Not too hard to make.
Jasser A. December 16, 2018
This has become a favorite of mine. Next time I'll try roasting the garlic with the carrots (I could hardly taste the garlic as is) and I'd make a homemade veggie stock. The store bought ones just don't do the recipe justice. Also do not skip the tyme. I couldn't find any so I skipped it the thyme the first time (hehehehe) and it just didn't come to life as much.
Kateq November 6, 2018
Great soup! I collected all the odds and ends from the vegetable drawer and put them to simmer in a pot of water with some peppercorns and herbs. Went about my business and returned in two hours to prep the carrots, pre-heat the oven and roast the veg. In another hour I strained the stock, added the ginger and fresh thyme, and brought it to a boil. I sauteed the onions and garlic, scraped all the carrots in and poured in the broth, and let it simmer. Later I poured it all into the blender and voila! What a knockout soup! Little effort, little active work, and superior result! Imagine if I had vegetable stock on hand!
Contessa T. July 23, 2018
This was absolutely scrumptious. Mine came out much thinner than the photos, but next time -- and there WILL be a next time! -- I'll just use less broth. Thank you all who commented to inform all of us browsing these recipes that this was indeed a winner! :)
Heather L. July 2, 2018
I made this with the plan of freezing it for my mom who had surgery so she wouldn't have to cook for awhile. It was so good we decided to make a second batch to freeze and ate had it for dinner that night. It's easy, wonderful, rich and all around delicious. If you think you don't love carrots, this will change your mind!!! It's now become a go to for easy soup during the week.
Analida B. February 22, 2018
Wow! I need to roast my carrot the next time I make carrot soup and I bet it is worth the time and effort. Thanks for sharing! Here is my carrot coriander soup recipe:
epicharis February 5, 2018
After my first spoonful I thought "huh, not bad, but is this really a contest winner?" Then before I knew it I was at the bottom of my bowl. As the soup cools the sweetness of the onions and carrots really shines. What a great healthy recipe!
Krista October 17, 2017
This was so delicious. I made it almost exactly as described (I had no thyme on hand), with carrots from our garden, and it was just lovely.
Sharon D. September 30, 2017
This was amazing. I made it with the ingredient list exactly as listed although I did roast the carrots for about 30 minutes in a 425 F oven instead of under the broiler I weighed out the carrots before cutting up and glad I did since I didn't have as enough based on carrot count. It turned out amazing.
Mae September 21, 2017
I love pureed soups, and even I was surprised by how tasty this is! The description above the recipe really describes it spot on. Roasting the carrots gave it a bit of a buttery flavor. I sprinkled dried thyme in the simmering broth because I didn't have any fresh. I used Better Than Bouillon, a mix of the roasted garlic and vegetable.
Peggy G. February 9, 2017
Recipe for "Plenty" Moroccan Carrot Salad:<br /> Sometimes it takes somebody new to make you fall in love again with an old friend. In this case, it was British author Yotam Ottolenghi's twist on the familiar Moroccan carrot salad from his wonderful new book "Plenty." Spiced with serrano chiles and perfumed with an exotic blend of cloves, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, paprika and cumin, the salad is finished with what seems to be an impossible amount of chopped cilantro — 2½ cups. Impossible, that is, until you taste it.<br /><br />Spicy Moroccan carrot salad<br /><br />Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling time<br /><br />Servings: 4<br /><br />Note: Adapted from "Plenty" by Yotam Ottolenghi<br /><br />2 pounds carrots<br /><br />1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra to finish<br /><br />1 onion, finely chopped<br /><br />1 teaspoon sugar<br /><br />3 garlic cloves, crushed<br /><br />1 serrano chile, finely chopped (and seeded, if you want less heat)<br /><br />1 green onion, finely chopped<br /><br />1/8 teaspoon ground cloves<br /><br />1/4 teaspoon ground ginger<br /><br />1/2 teaspoon ground coriander<br /><br />3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon<br /><br />1 teaspoon sweet paprika<br /><br />1 teaspoon ground cumin<br /><br />1 tablespoon white wine vinegar<br /><br />1 tablespoon chopped preserved lemon<br /><br />Salt<br /><br />2 1/2 cups cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped, plus extra to garnish<br /><br />1/2 cup Greek yogurt, chilled<br /><br />1. Peel the carrots and cut them, depending on their size, into cylinders or semicircles one-half-inch thick; all the pieces should end up roughly the same size. Place in a large saucepan and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer until tender but still crunchy, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and leave to dry out.<br /><br />2. Heat the oil in a large pan and saute the onion over medium heat until soft and slightly brown, about 12 minutes. Add the cooked carrots to the onion, followed by the sugar, garlic, chile, onion, cloves, ground ginger, coriander, cinnamon, paprika, cumin, vinegar and preserved lemon.<br /><br />3. Remove from the heat. Season liberally with salt, stir well and leave to cool.<br /><br />4. Before serving, stir in the cilantro, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve<br /><br />in individual bowls with a dollop of yogurt, a drizzle of oil and a garnish of the extra cilantro.
Peggy G. February 9, 2017
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Cheri M. July 15, 2016
This really yum yum , had a few times now. Sometimes added half & half carrot butternut squash, still lovely. Calling on Tawney Duckworth you said you were serving this with a Morrocan carrot salad love to know how you make that! <br />
Claire S. May 24, 2016
Surprisingly good for how simple the recipe is - worth trying out!
Helena March 7, 2016
Hello Cheryl :-)<br />Can l please ask you how do you make your own veggie stock? <br />Thank you!! Helena
Cheryl March 7, 2016
Certainly! And it couldn't be easier. I save all of my vegetable scraps (be sure to wash the whole vegetable before peeling): potato peelings, onion skins, tops of leeks & carrots, unused broccoli stems, cilantro/parsley stems, core of cabbage, etc. I save these in a plastic bag in the refrig during the week.Then I also look in my refrig for the unused veggies that are heading past their prime: carrots I need to replace, tired celery, old garlic. Just any vegetable I am never going to use. Put everything in a pot and cover with water. I add teaspoon or so of whole peppercorns and no salt, but you could salt it. Cover and bring to a boil then simmer. I like to simmer for 3 hours, but you could do less. Then strain and there you have it. Freeze if you're not going to use within a few days/week. Couldn't be easier and healthier. Hope that helps.
Janet October 28, 2016
I do this too, and the result is far better than anything you can buy, And it's a more efficient use of the grocery budget. <br />
Cheryl February 15, 2016
Just delicious! But initially I didn't think so. After cooking, I added salt and I felt that the salt overpowered the inherent sweetness. So I set it aside in the refrigerator. Pulled this out for lunch today and reheated. How wonderful this is! I doubled the ginger and like others pureed it back into the soup. I also used my homemade vegetable stock (I am really on a roll making vegetable stock now from scraps, etc.). Thank you!
Helena March 7, 2016
<br />a half a minute agoHelena<br /><br />Hello Cheryl :-)<br />Can l please ask you how do you make your own veggie stock? <br />Thank you!! Helena
Dale February 7, 2016
Oh my goodness that is heavenly! I left the ginger in and love the depth of flavor. I used my bullet to puree. I did add water at the end as it was quite thick. So easy....yum.