Sunday, January 22, 2012

Curried Carrot Soup

I made this soup for the first time when my best friend came to visit for my engagement party several years ago.  The party was in October, so a cup of this orange soup was in perfect keeping with the season.  Robust and full of flavor, yet light, it pairs well with a crisp autumn salad, cinnamony apple-spice muffins, and a refreshing white wine to cool the palate.  It was a fabulous centerpiece to the lunch I served when my friend arrived from the airport!  Did I mention it's healthy, too?!?

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 pounds baby carrots
6 cups chicken stock, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
sour cream

Preheat a pot over medium-high heat.  Add olive oil and butter.  When butter is melted, add onions and carrots and saute 5 minutes.  Add 4 cups chicken stock, curry, cayenne, and salt.  Bring to a boil, cover, and cook until carrots are very tender, about 15 minutes.

Process soup in a blender or food processor (work in batches as necessary) until soup is smooth and carrots are fully pureed.  Return pureed soup to pot and place back over low heat.  If the soup is too thick, add the remaining stock, up to 2 cups, to achieve desired consistency.  Adjust seasonings according to taste.

Serve soup with a dollop of sour cream.

Serves 4-6.

Recipe adapted from 30-Minute Meals Get-Togethers by Rachael Ray.


  1. Wow that looks yummy! I wonder if I can make a dairy free alternative? Lovely winter food!
    Found you via The Southern Product Queen. x

  2. That looks so yummy! I'm going to pick up some curry powder and try it this week. Pinning and stumbling.

  3. This carrot soup sounds so yummy! Thank you for linking up at my linky party today! I wanna share it on my facebook page! Thanks again!

  4. This soup looks fantastic! I would love to have you share it on Allergy Free Wednesdays if you get a chance:

  5. Your photos are lovely. So creative! The soup sounds great!

  6. Oh yum! It's the middle of summer here in I'm looking forward to some lovely winter food!!!

  7. This sounds divine, and I love the photo - it looks so welcoming and comforting! Thanks for sharing this with Sunday Night Soup Night, look forward to seeing you again soon!

  8. Yum! I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing it at Allergy-Free Wednesdays!

  9. Hi Kate,
    What a great way for us to get our Carrots. I just love this recipe and can't wait to make it. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. I would love to feature your soup this coming Wed on Allergy Free Wednesdays. Please provide a link back to our blog party so I can feature your great recipe :)

    1. I have your button on my sidebar....does that work?

  11. This sounds just great. Cheers and thanks for linking it in.