Easy Carrot Soup with Dill in 15 Minutes

This is the best carrot soup recipe. It’s sweet from carrots, tangy from cider vinegar, rich from cream and fresh from dill. And it’s ready in 15 minutes!

Did you know that the carrots we eat today are orange for political reasons? Prior to the 17th century carrots were a variety of colors, from red to white to yellow to purple. Yes, even purple. But then, as a tribute to William of Orange, Dutch growers began cultivating orange carrots.*

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So when you see a purple carrot at the farmer’s market, don’t panic and think it’s a weird new genetic mutation. That purple carrot is the original.

As original as it may be, I thought that orange carrots would be best for this carrot soup. But I wanted carrots that would cook really quickly so I went with matchstick carrots (sometimes called shredded carrots). These are sold pre-peeled and pre-cut in plastic bags right next to the baby carrots in the refrigerated produce section.

To make this soup, you simmer the matchsticks in liquid just until they’re softened. Then they get pureed into a silky soup.

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It’s important to taste the soup at this point and then make a decision. It will either be too sweet or too sour or just right. This depends on how sweet (or not) the carrots were to start with. If the soup isn’t sweet enough, you add a bit of honey. If it’s too sweet (or if you like a bit of tang) you add a touch of cider vinegar.

Then you ladle the soup into bowls and then add the final perfect touch: A drizzle of cream that adds depth and richness to the soup. By drizzling it in at the end instead of cooking it in, it stays more potent and adds so much flavor to every mouthful. You can add cream at the end to any kind of pureed soup. It takes it to a completely new level. For more tips like this for making soup delicious quickly, click here.

Carrot Soup

 

If you’re a lover of clean eating, veggie soups like this one, you’ll also want to check out this healthy green pea soup recipe.

Green Pea Soup with Olive Oil and Basil

 

*The info about why carrots are orange comes from Next Nature.

And now, here’s Carrot Soup recipe. See you in 15!

Quick Carrot Soup with Dill

This delicious carrot soup recipe has a bit of tang from cider vinegar, richness from cream, sweetness from carrots and freshness from dill. It's a flavor powerhouse that I know you're going to love.

Ingredients:

5 cups low or no-sodium vegetable or chicken stock
1 tsp. salt
2 cloves garlic
fresh dill
2-10oz bags carrot matchsticks
1 tsp. honey (optional)
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar (optional)
4 tsp. heavy cream

Directions:

Put a large pot or Dutch oven on high heat on the stove. Pour in the stock and add the salt. Cover it until it boils.
Mince 2 cloves of garlic. Chop about 1/3 cup of fresh dill.
When the stock boils, add the carrots and the garlic. Stir. Cover. Keep the pot on high until it returns to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a moderate simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the carrots are tender.
Fill your blender halfway full of carrots and broth. Puree. Pour it into a large bowl. Repeat until you've pureed all the soup. Taste the soup. If it isn't sweet enough (because sometimes the carrots aren't as sweet as other times) add some honey. If it's too sweet, or if you just like a bit of tang, add some cider vinegar.
Stir in 1/4 cup of the dill. Ladle into bowls. Drizzle each portion with a teaspoon of heavy cream and a sprinkle of the remaining dill.

 

10 Responses to “Easy Carrot Soup with Dill in 15 Minutes”

  1. Marly — October 9, 2014 @ 6:59 am (#)

    Any soup that looks this good and is ready in 15 minutes…is going to be recurring favorite in our household!!

  2. Aggie — October 8, 2014 @ 10:29 am (#)

    This really sounds so delicious Christine. I’ve never made a carrot soup like this…going to try!

  3. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen — October 8, 2014 @ 2:43 am (#)

    Such a neat little bit of trivia about the color of carrots!

  4. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 7, 2014 @ 9:13 pm (#)

    Oooooo…I haven’t had carrot soup in so long. This looks wonderful!

  5. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — October 7, 2014 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    Some foods I can remember the first time I tasted them. Carrot soup is one of them. Mayflower Hotel downtown Seattle—blind date. The date didn’t turn out well, but I got the love of carrot soup from it. I’ve made some on my own with some not
    so hot results. I like the mix in this one. Plus it’s quick. I am going to give it a try.

  6. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 6, 2014 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh I had no idea about carrots!!! Too cool!

  7. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — October 6, 2014 @ 12:15 pm (#)

    I loved reading this history about carrots!! and I already knew about the purple ones. . I think they are so beautiful and glad that I’m seeing those more and more now! I love carrot soup and especially love that this one is ready in 15 minutes!! pinned!!

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