Honeyed carrot soup

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 6
Kids love this rich, warming soup but it's sophisticated enough for adults, too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal116
  • fat5g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre6g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.59g
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  • 2 tbsp butter



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

  • 2 small leeks, sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 800g carrots, roughly chopped



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

  • 2 tsp clear honey



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • small pinch dried chilli flakes (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2½ l vegetable stock
  • soured cream or yogurt, to serve



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the leeks to the pan, then cook for 3 mins until starting to soften. Add the carrots, honey, chilli (if using) and bay leaf, then cook for 2 mins.

  2. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil, then simmer for 30 mins. Blend the soup in batches, return to a clean pan, then season to taste. When ready to serve, bring back to a simmer, then ladle into mugs. Add a swirl of soured cream or yogurt and serve with garlic bread or bacon butties.

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Comments (163)

eiainlennon's picture

I did a two part stock, half chicken and half mushroom, delicious too!

susannahgrammar's picture

As the others have commented: yummy, easy, and better with less stock - 1.5 L is enough. I also added more honey than suggested, until I could really taste it under the chili. I suppose it depends on what kind of honey you are using.

aliki33's picture

I want to cook this, tomorrow! I'll to manage!!!!
It looks very Yummy!!!!

obbiebonns's picture

Just lovely!!

kellyp2324's picture

A Big hit in our house my partner made this for me as i was ill with a flu bug and not in the mood to eat anything. This pan of soup lasted a day was soooo comforting and delicious the carrot & honey go together perfect, my partner didnt think it would be that great with so few ingredients but he is also raving about how good it tastes wouldnt change a thing about it :)

jezwex's picture

Gorgeous, used onions instead of leeks as I have tons to use from the garden! Made a big batch and froze it in individual portions.

charlie21's picture

Lovely soup, easy to make will make again and again

xsnooksx's picture

Yumm, this soup is lovely and really easy to make! The honey and the carrot are perfect together, thanks!

zedkay's picture

I found this practically tasteless. I added an extra tsp of honey, with no effect, added a touch more chilli, and also half a tsp of smoked paprika, which livened it up a bit. I wouldn't bother making it again.

jascon's picture

Lovely! My girls really liked it, and i did put a litlle chilli in. For those that thought that there was too much stock, did you weigh your carrots before you peeled them, I weighed mine after, and did need 2L of stock - had about 600g of peeled carrots.

vicwiggers's picture

Felt it was quiet plain.

pollydar's picture

This recipe was a great success, even though I thought the two tsp of honey would not make a difference, it really did. The leeks probably gave it a little kick of a flavour in addition to the 800 gr of carrot flavour. A great hit, I did it with two and half litres of stock and the consistency was a little liquidy but it was good like that. My son ate four bowls, so I'll be making it regularly from no on.

jeffmcqueen83's picture

I halved the ingredients to make soup for two people and used less stock than the recipe said (about a litre in total). Overall it was a beautiful rich soup. We had it with petit pain but it would undoubtedly be better with something salty, like cheese or bacon, to compliment the sweetness in the soup.

inchgall's picture

Have been making this soup since it was first published and still love it. Made it this week for dinner guests and they raved about it. Such a heart warming soup and with the pinch of chilli it adds a little kick against the sweetness of the honey.

Always a winner!

judithsimpson's picture

Used 2 small onions instead of leeks and 1.25l of stock, which gave the perfect consistency. Too heavy handed with the chilli flakes, though - but it did clear my blocked nose!!

peejay's picture

Tasty soup but expected a bit more of the honey to come through in the taste as it's called Honeyed Carrot soup. Should be named Carrot & Leek soup which would give a better idea of the flavour! Enjoyed it none-the-less and served with bacon butties made a tasty meal.

carolyn12's picture

Lovely soup. I added a litre of stock and it was just perfect. Served with croutons made with whoemeal bread and fresh garlic.

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shelleyhungrybelly's picture

Really quick & easy to make which left the whole family licking their lips! I would reduce the stock added to 2 litres next time as I prefer a thicker soup.

malaz1's picture

delicious! but 2.5l of stock was WAY too much to make a thick soup, used 100-50ml.


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