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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20th Nov, 2013
I make this all the time! Perfect for this time of year and utterly delicious!! I do use less stock than it says as I like it a bit thicker.... Yummy and quick!
1st Jul, 2013
The soup I made looked a little bit yucky and nothing like the lovely orange soup from the picture. I made it in quite a large batch and ate it three times. On the second and third occasion I added turmeric, coriander and extra honey which made it taste better for me. The soup was still OK though, just not as good as I had hoped. Different though, certainly makes a change from the regular boring soups I usually eat.
28th Apr, 2013
I made this as per the recipe and it is definitely too thin with 2.5ltrs of stock, will definitely use less next time. Tastes great though, a keeper for sure.
5th Apr, 2013
Love this soup. I always have half a bag of carrots that need eating up, and this does the job. Don't be too shy with the chilli - the soup can take it! Agree that the quantity of stock needs reducing, but also tried cooking in half a tin of puy lentils which thickened it up, made it heartier, and kept the fabulous carrot/honey taste. Also double up the leek proportion, too.
20th Mar, 2013
Really easy. Really tasty. I think crème fraiche is nicer with this than soured cream, but this is an easy winner and is a great way of using up older carrots and leeks that I always have in the veg drawer.
20th Mar, 2013
I've made this soup twice now, both time halving the quantities. The first time I followed the actual recipe, and it turned out to be a lovely warming, healthy soup which made a great lunch. Went down a treat with my other half as well! My blender isn't fantastic, but I rather liked the 'rustic' slightly chunky texture it gave. The second time my soup ended up very liquid and not as thick as the first time - suspect I accidentally measured too much stock or something silly like that! But having left it to boil down it was just fine. I left out the bay leaf as I didn't have any, and used chilli powder for seasoning rather than flakes. I also added a little cream just before serving rather than soured cream which really changed the flavour and made the soup very rich and indulgent! This is an ideal soup for me - tastes great, uses cheap ingredients and is easy to make! Plus, leftovers can be reheated quite happily, and the soup lasts a couple of days if kept cool and covered!
24th Jan, 2015
Try adding potatoe , lentils or a bit of both , a natural thickener and doesn't comprise on taste.
11th Mar, 2013
So lovely and Hearty!
9th Feb, 2013
Lovely recipe but I only put in 1L of stock and it was still not a thick soup. I can't imagine how watery it would have been with 2.5L.
3rd Feb, 2013
I don't like carrots particularly, but I love this soup. Really enjoyed it.


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