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)

Boo82's picture

I made this soup this afternoon, and added lentils & less stock, having read previous comments. Unfortunately, the soup still turned out far too runny & insipidly sweet. Even my children found it unpalatable! Fortunately, I managed to rescue it by adding some new potatoes, a bit of cumin, and some Lee & Perrins. I did then have to add more water, but at least it's now edible!
I've used many soup recipes from this site, and this is the worst one yet!

beckylcarter's picture

Great cheap tasty soup, I make a big pot of it and freeze half for lunches the following week. Super tasty and super orange, my colleagues always comment on the vibrant colour of my soup! haha.

I might add that I only put in a small drop of honey as it does make it rather sweet and added a dash of chili powder for an extra kick!

powerbuilder's picture

Have made this, but found it far too sweet. Carrots have enough sugar in without adding honey. I will make it again but without the honey. Very cheap to make, and economy range veg and stock work just fine.

holoro716's picture

Forgot to rate it! :)

holoro716's picture

I loooooove this soup! It warms you up nicely. However, I didn't use leeks, a bay leaf or sour cream. I added a couple of onions too.

leilawyatt's picture

Yummy yum yum, this soup is Amazing!! Me, my husband, my 14 month old son, my dad, my sister and my 16 month old niece absolutely love it!! I'm sure my mum would have loved it too but she didn't get a look in :) only difference I made was adding 2 small teaspoons of very lazy chilli instead of a pinch of dried (it gave it quite a kick), I used 1.5l of stock and squeezed a bit of extra hunny into the pot . Nomanomanom!!

sfsack's picture

I would try making this, but sugar content is much too high!

jarrestr's picture

The honey is not over the top. If you have diabitis yes. Otherwise enjoy. If you have a sugar related disease leave it out and make it more savoury.

sfsack's picture

I would try making this, but sugar content is much too high!

sfsack's picture

Would like to make this but sugar content is a bit worrying! Any other suggestions instead of honey? Thanks

sfsack's picture

Would like to make this but sugar content is a bit worrying! Any other suggestions instead of honey? Thanks

Platterpie5's picture

The soup was great, I only used 1L of stock though since my pan wasn't big enough for 2.5L but the end result was still great. The soup had a lush sweetness thanks to the butter, carrots, honey (I used Manuka), and chilli flakes. The leeks, bay leaf, and heat from the chilli flakes really helped balance out the sweetness. Conclusion, delicious!

holoro716's picture

It's a good thing you didn't have much stock because the recipe has too much.

xcloxcx's picture

Just made this soup and its amazing! Best soup ive had in ages. The honey in it makes it taste almost sweet potato like. Do not miss out the chilli flakes, I'm not a lover of spice so almost didn't use it but it totally makes the soup. I didn't measure the stock I just added it to the consistency I wanted and used chicken instead of vegetable for more flavour, plus used garlic salt rather than normal salt again for more flavour. Me and my picky toddler have almost eaten the lot!

moirashaw1's picture

Made this today and took the advice of other GF contributors. Added a potato and one parsnip, reduced the stock to just less than 1.5L and added 2, or was it 3 pinches of chilli flakes and 3 tsp of honey. Just the right consistency for us. Delicious....will definately make again.

sligheal45's picture

I added a parsnip and potatoe and garliç which I had in the fridge to use up... turned out spicy and thick , gorgeous !

nicola.keeble's picture

Only had 500g of carrots in the fridge so only used 1 leek and I added stock gradually to get the consistency I prefer. I had no bay leaf but what I did add is thumb sized piece of grated fresh ginger, half teaspoon of turmeric and quarter of cumin powder. I used two small pinches of dried chilli and scatter of dried coriander. Soup was delicious with a good amount of heat.

amymadge's picture

Absolutely delicious, quick and easy to make. I had not read the comments before hand and used 2.5l of stock. Will definitely use less next time as it ends up with quite a watery consistency. That being said, however the flavours are fantastic!

HeatherF1971's picture

Great recipe! Only made with 1.5 l of stock though! Used chicken stock for more taste and 3 TSP of honey!!

Kelsbels83's picture

Thank goodness I read all of the advice beforehand about vegetable stock quantity! I used 1.5 litres and I wouldn't add any more than this. A tasty soup that the whole family can enjoy.


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