Orange, carrot & mint soup

Orange, carrot & mint soup

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 45 mins - 1 hr


Serves 4
A velvety smooth carrot soup is perfect on it's own for supper or as an impressive dinner party starter.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal120
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein3g
  • salt1g
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  • large knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 700g carrot, peeled and thinly sliced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1l light vegetable stock
  • 125ml freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • double cream, for drizzling - optional


  1. Melt the butter gently in a medium saucepan then add the carrots, onion and garlic. Cover with a lid and leave over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened but not coloured (about 12 minutes).

  2. Pour in the stock and sprinkle in a little salt (if using a cube, hold back on the salt and adjust it at the end). Bring to the boil and simmer, partially covered, for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are very soft. Take off the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes.

  3. Strain the vegetables through a sieve set over a bowl. Reserve the liquid. Transfer the vegetables to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth, adding enough of the strained liquid to make the mixture turn easily in the machine. Set the sieve over the cleaned pan and push the puréed vegetables through (this step is not essential but gives the soup a very smooth finish). Pour in the liquid and stir well to blend.

  4. Tip in the orange juice and mint and gently reheat the soup. Stir and taste to see if more salt is needed, then pour into warmed bowls. If you like the idea of the cream, drizzle a little over the top.

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Comments (21)

suzlovescake's picture

Fresh tasting and very easy to do. Went down well at a dinner party with health conscious guests as left out the butter a d cream.

lotstoseeanddo's picture

Thought this would be inedible - its delicious. Would never have put the ingredients together but they work very well. A smooth, delicate, gorgeous soup.

jonesjl's picture

Tried this as had a pile of carrots to use, slightly sceptical about the combination of orange and carrot however it tastes yummy!! Very easy to make and is very refreshing. I swapped the cream with creme fraich and tasted good. Didn't sieve it but stuck it all into the blender and it came out lovely and smooth

jem1208's picture

Easy to make and very tasty, I can recommend this. Much prefer to the carrot and coriander soup.

babs60's picture

Despite my husband's reservations, made this for the first time when we had friends round for dinner & our friends loved it. As in previous comments I put it through a blender, added a chilli & left out the cream. Will certainly be making it again

julese's picture

How can this have 0g Sugars, yet it contains 125ml Orange Juice?? Carrots also contain sugars, so the nutritional info on this soup is wrong, and so of no use for diabetics or other diets counting carbs and sugars!!

thomasmcnally's picture

How large is a large knob of butter? This could have a big impact on the nutrition values.

craftyclaire74's picture

I made this last night, it's really straightforward. I didn't sieve it, just blended it with my handheld blender for speed. It is delicious, very light and refreshing. A great starter.

campbella's picture

it says 120 calories per serving but how do you know how much classifies as one serving?

lumene's picture

This was a light and a tasty soup. I have never thought of adding freshly squeezed orange juice in a soup, but I was positively surprised. It's a great idea for a starter, although not quite fulfilling enough for a supper.

Snoweider's picture

Lovely fresh summery taste. I went easy on the mint as I was a bit unsure about it, but it was wonderful.

srscott's picture

Gorgeous. I added a red chilli for a bit of tang, and a few red lentils to thicken it up add the end.

rachykill's picture

lovely soup. The orange and mint really work well together. Will be making some more to freeze

princessfoodies's picture

Made this for dinner this evening and it was so delicious! Both my boyfriend and I were surprised at how well the freshly squeezed orange juice added extra flavor to the carrots. The mint completed the dish. We will definitely be making this again!

louloune's picture

Easy peasy soup! Quite tasty & light (i used olive oil instead of butter), who would have thought that orange juice will blend well with mint & carrots! Its really different & nice..

barrycumming's picture

Needed a recipe to test drive my new food processor !
Job done.

Enjoyed the soup but maybe next time will try some corriander instead of mint.

folkoono's picture

I haven't tried this, but am extremely sceptical about the flavour combination of orange and mint. Isn't it just like drinking a glass of orange juice after brushing your teeth? Bleurgh.

njb1001's picture

Really tasty! The citrus juice really lifts the sweetness of the carrots and the chopped mint freshens the soup :-)

richmondicerink's picture

This soup is delicious. I live on the outskirts of the jungle in southern Laos and obtaining some ingredients can be difficult to find, however, I used the oranges which taste like tangerines and the local mint which has a slight aniseed twang, neither of these spoilt the soup and it was a successful starter for a small group of friends who came to dinner.


Questions (1)

julese's picture

How can this have 0g Sugars, yet contains 125ml Orange Juice?? Carrots also contain sugars, so the nutritional info on this soup is wrong, and so of no use for diabetics or other diets counting carbs and sugars!!

Tips (1)

sheardypants's picture

Add the orange a bit at a time and suit to taste as i found the amount in this recipe made it slightly acidic.