Creamy Carrot Soup Recipe

An easy, healthy & creamy Carrot Soup recipe loaded with fresh flavors! This soup makes for a comforting treat on a busy weeknight. Make a double batch and have plenty of leftovers for the entire week.

Carrot Soup in a bowl

AN EASY & HEALTHY CARROT SOUP RECIPE

Just carrots, onions, garlic, and herbs are all you need for homemade, low carb Carrot Soup. It’s deliciously rich in flavor and comes together in just 30 minutes. Perfect either as a side, or as a meal in itself, this healthy and filling Carrot Soup is a great addition to your dinner.

If you ask me, this is THE BEST Carrot Soup recipe, right here. This is one of my all-time favorite soups that requires a handful of ingredients, and 30 minutes of your time.

Also, this soup is one of those quick to throw together recipes and it’s very customizable. Want it vegetarian? Skip the bacon. Need a vegan option? Skip the bacon and the cream. To be honest, you don’t even need cream – pureed carrots make a thick soup without heavy cream. 

Chopped carrots and onions in dutch oven.

HOW TO MAKE A CREAMY CARROT SOUP

I based this recipe off of my Butternut Squash Soup recipe, which is possibly the best thing that ever did happen to butternut squash. IMHO.

We are basically adding all ingredients into a dutch oven and cooking everything together until tender. 

  1. Start with chopping up an onion and about 5 to 6 large carrots. You will need 5 cups of chopped carrots. 
  2. Add those to the soup pot or dutch oven, and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in plenty of minced garlic, some chili powder, salt, pepper, and fresh sprigs of thyme.
  4. Add vegetable broth, cover, and cook for 20 minutes, or until carrots are soft. 
  5. Grab an immersion blender and blend for several minutes, or until carrots are completely pureed and the soup is smooth and creamy. 
  6. Stir in heavy cream or half & half, and serve.  
  7. Top with crispy bacon for an added treat.

Pureed carrots

BIG BONUS: This soup is FREEZER FRIENDLY! 🙋‍♀️

HOW TO FREEZE CARROT SOUP

I find that zip-top freezer bags are best for freezing soups. They don’t require a lot of space, and are more convenient because you can use more bags and portion out in individual servings.

  • Before freezing, allow soup to cool completely.
  • Pour soup into zip-top freezer bags; seal and store in freezer for up to 3 months.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS

  • Transfer leftover soup to an airtight container. 
  • Cover and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

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Creamy Carrot Soup

Creamy Carrot Soup

Katerina | Diethood
Easy, healthy, deliciously creamy Carrot Soup loaded with fresh flavors makes for a comforting treat on a busy weeknight. 
5 from 13 votes
Servings : 8 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, diced (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 to 6 large carrots, chopped (you need 5 cups chopped carrots)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, or to taste
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or Half & Half, optional
  • fresh thyme leaves, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Set a dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add diced bacon, if using, and cook to a desired crispness. Remove bacon from the pot and set aside.
  • Add butter and olive oil to the pot and set over Medium-High heat.
  • Stir in chopped onions and carrots; cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in minced garlic, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Add thyme sprigs and vegetable broth; stir, set heat to High and bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat to Medium and cover the pot; cook for 20 minutes, or until carrots are very soft.
  • Uncover, remove thyme sprigs, and, using an immersion blender, puree the soup for several minutes, or until completely blended and smooth.
  • Stir in heavy cream or Half & Half, if using.
  • Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • Ladle soup into bowls and top with prepared bacon.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme and serve.

Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 5
  • Skip the bacon and heavy cream to REDUCE POINTS down to 2.
 
BLENDER OPTIONS
  • If you do not have an immersion blender, transfer all cooked ingredients into a regular blender. Blend in batches and pour out each blended batch back into the soup pot.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cup | Calories: 187 kcal | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Cholesterol: 36 mg | Sodium: 1018 mg | Potassium: 198 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 7105 IU | Vitamin C: 4.2 mg | Calcium: 29 mg | Iron: 0.3 mg | Net Carbs: 7 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot soup recipe, carrots recipe, side dish recipes, soup recipes
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20 comments on “Creamy Carrot Soup Recipe”

  1. Yum .. yum.. the chilli powder was surprising to me. I didn’t use cream but the soup was still smooth. Completely surprised by the chilli powder and how it was just right

  2. Made this soup and it was pretty delicious. I’m not a thyme lover so I added some fresh grated nutmeg! It was pretty thick so I added only a pour or two of the cream. Thanks for the “main” recipe!

  3. Cream of Carrot soup is one of my favorite comfort go to. This recipe looks (and from the other comments) good – I cannot wait to try this recipe.

    Quick questions: Can I substitute nonfat plain greek yogurt in place of the half and half or cream? AND if the yogurt is used, might there be any issue with freezing the soup?

    Thanks

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      I’d say not to because it will curdle, but you can give it a try. First, you will need to temper the yogurt; so add a small amount of warm soup to a bowl, whisk in the yogurt, whisk fast, then add the mixture back into the soup. This *should* prevent it from curdling, but I can’t guarantee 100%. 🙂 I do hope it turns out. If you have a minute, please let me know. Enjoy! 🙂

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    Celeste Young

    What a nice carrot soup recipe. With the bacon, I felt like I had enough protein for it to “stick to my ribs” when I had soup & salad for lunch.
    I followed the recipe as written but ended up garnishing with chopped chives and yogurt instead of thyme and half and half. I’d make it again!

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    Supriya Kutty

    Loved that soup! It’s looking very healthy and delicious, just can’t wait to gulp it down. I’m always looking for new healthy recipes to try. I will try this at home at let you know. Thank you so much for this recipe. Have a nice day

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