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Wholesome Carrot Soup

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Chase the chill away with a wholesome carrot soup recipe. This simple bowl of healthy goodness is what you need to warm up and feel full.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 whole cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, and cloves, and sauté until onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute, until fragrant.
  2. Add 3 cups broth. Cover and simmer until carrots are very soft, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove cloves from broth and discard. Puree soup in batches in a blender (or use a stick blender in the pan). Return soup to the same saucepan.
  4. Stir in the lemon juice and sugar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Thin to desired consistency with more broth, if desired.
  5. Place soup back over medium heat until heated through. Ladle into bowls. Drizzle with cream and top with parsley. Serve immediately.


Adapted from Bon Appetit, May 1996.

Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to reheat, garnish, and serve.

For a vegetarian version, sub vegetable stock or water for the chicken broth.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: carrot, soup, healthy recipes, clean eating, comfort food, winter recipes