Saturday, September 11, 2010

Vegetarian Carrot Soup

Welcome to the weekend! You just have to love a four day work/school week! What are you up to this weekend? I honestly have pretty much no plans…and I am excited about it :)

As Fall is creeping closer, I am CRAVING soup. I have seen various takes on cream of carrot soup in so many magazines lately, I decided to try my hand at my own version.


  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 16 oz carrots & parsnips, chopped (the parsnip flavor comes out pretty strong, so I suggest starting with only a little parsnip if you’re unsure about the flavor or use all carrots)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 28 oz vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 cup skim or low fat milk
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • Toppings: jalapenos, Greek yogurt, cheese, etc!


  • Heat olive oil or butter in a soup pan.
  • Add chopped carrots, parsnips & onion, cook until vegetables are tender.

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  • Add broth, chili powder & red pepper, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add milk, cover, and simmer for ~15 minutes (stir on occasion).
  • Remove from heat and blend using an emulsion blender (alternatively you could use a regular blender, but be careful with the heat!!).
  • Add cooked rice, place in bowls & top

We tried the soup both totally pureed and partially. We preferred it partially pureed with some chunks of carrots and parsnips remaining:

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I want to try making a vegan version with cashew cream!

What is your favorite kind of soup?? I love cream of asparagus as well as black bean and vegetarian chili.


lee said...

I like most kinds of soups, but my favorite is probably just a plain ol' vegetable soup.

homecookedem said...

That looks so comforting!! What a yummy fall recipe!! :) I love soup... my mom's homemade veggie soup is my all-time favorite!

Julie said...

ugh i want to get into soup this season but like i just never want to make it. you're such the soup goddess though so i think i would eat it if you made it for me. would you do that for me? you just seriously make me want soup ALL the time. i think i might do the soup thing this winter. should i? hahahaha i just had an entire conversation with myself on your wall about whether or not i want to do the soup thing. i'm retarded.

anyways you BETTER relax this weekend. i'm excited for you to do nothing. i have so much school work that i need to crack into because go me i left it until the last minute. so i'll be doing that and be hanging out east :) woooo it's so fall-like out!

The Purple Carrot said...

Mmmm, I've been craving soup already too ... makes me excited for this season!! : )

Lauren said...

This sounds awesome!!! I can't wait to start cracking on fall soups. Pumpkin Chili has been calling my name for days now. :) Enjoy your weekend sweetie!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I think I could get some veggies in this way!!

tam said...

OOOOOOOOOOO I love soup! I can't wait to get home and make soup not having a decent kitchen has been hell x x

Biz said...

I am actually making a black bean soup, but right now it looks like dirty dish water - hope I can bring it around!

We have nothing planned - love it!

Tina said...

We have no plans this weekend either and I'm LOVING it!!! :D Have a good one. :)

Stacey said...

Black bean, veggie chili, and lentil soup are all my fav's.

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

that looks GREAT! so warm and hearty and satisfying!! and here's to you, Miss Queen of teaching and being busy, having low key/no plans!!!! :)

Krista said...

Yummy soup!!! My fave is split pea...homemade, of course! :) Hope your weekend is going great, Erica!

Unknown said...

mmm, i'm definitely excited to get to turn on my oven now with the cooler temps!! that soup looks fabulous :)

BroccoliHut said...

Never tried parsnips, but this recipe looks like the perfect opportunity!
I love pumpkin chili and good ol' veggie-bean soup.

Seglare said...

Your soup looks fabulous! :) I think my favorites are spicy lentil soup (packed with different veggies) and my parents' homemade vegetable/pumpkin soup.

Bridget said...

Again, perfect fall day to make soup, I have a feeling I will be cooking and baking a lot today :) I need to try new soups, this one looks delicious!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Love your creation--it sounds so good and the color is perfect for fall! :-) My favorite is definitely French Onion!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

it is definitely getting to be soup weather, i'm so excited! i love pumpkin soup this time of year, there's one with coconut that i made last year that was too die for - yummm!

Naomi(Onefitfoodie) said...

i LOVE making homemade soup! it is so easy and always comes out good!! whenever my mom makes soup I ask her the recipe and she always says "I dont know!" because she just throws veggies and broth and protein in a pot and VOILA!

lynn said...

Um that looks REALLY good. i'm going to repost the recipe on my facebook fan page!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

That soup looks so pretty and perfect for fall.

My plans for this weekend involved a food blogger meetup, disneyland and some relaxing at home. I love it!

Samantha said...

I love soup! This looks like the ultimate comfort food!

Anonymous said...

I really love soup...except for tomato. I think that my fav is chicken noodle with parm cheese.

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls said...

YUM! That looks and sound so delicious! Bookmarked!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Meghann said...

This soup looks great! Just clipped it as a must try! :)