Honeyed carrot soup

Honeyed carrot soup

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(157 ratings)

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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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4th Jun, 2020
I love this recipe. It's so quick and easy. I always use Manuka honey in mine, it has lots of health benefits. You can read about it here. https://6d7a9os14dnt1u7lcjx5ozsfo7.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=25211789
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28th Apr, 2018
YUM!! I used this as a base recipe, but also added in 1 onion cooked with the leeks, 2 celery sticks added in with the chopped carrots, 2tsp chilli puree, avoided the honey and gently cooked at this step for about 5 minutes. I reduced stock amount to 1 litre and added 2 handfuls of red lentils. Simmered for 20 minutes, - kept checking incase I needed to add more water, but never did. I got a lovely thick consistency but that's how I like pureed soups and my toddler genuinely won't stop eating it. I'm glad I read the comments before getting started. Missing out the honey was a good move because the carrots were lovely and sweet already. The chilli really does make that flavour pop. Big thumbs up for giving me the idea and base for a seriously tasty soup! 4 stars because I didn't actually follow this exact recipe though and I think honey & stock measurements wouldn't have panned out as nicely.
6th Nov, 2017
Sorry obviously meant leeks..
6th Nov, 2017
My fussy toddler loved this soup. I used onions instead of weeks and added less honey and stock as suggested. Another recipe in my rotation..
30th Apr, 2017
Very tasty! I put in only 2 litres of stock and added some lentils to thicken slightly. Was quick and easy so will definitely make again!
5th Mar, 2016
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!
24th Feb, 2016
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!
22nd Jan, 2016
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.
7th Dec, 2015
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.
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23rd Sep, 2015
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!!


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19th Jul, 2017
Love this soup - however I only use 1 tsp of honey and about half of the stock and turns out lovely.
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