Delicious One Pot Creamy Vegan Carrot Soup

creamy vegan carrot soup

Spring is coming and we are loving all the carrot dishes and recipes that are popping up everywhere. Maybe we get so excited for carrot recipes because we are looking forward to the not-far-off time when the veggie itself begins to show itself just above the surface of the ground.

It’s the new growth of this season that brings an extra dose of hope.

Let’s embrace it all with this amazing Creamy Vegan Carrot Soup! We’re making the most of this bright veggie and its sweet and earthy flavors, in a healthy, creamy, satisfying soup. It’s simple to throw together using only one pot and is a dish the whole family will love.

two bowls of creamy vegan carrot soup

Building Flavor

Layers of flavor are what the best soups do really well. And we’re doing it too because, of course, this is absolutely one of the best soup recipes! 🙂 Start with onion and celery. The onion adds a depth of flavor that has a hint of sharpness but mellows into the rest of the ingredients. It’s a common and delicious base along with the celery, which adds grassy, faintly bitter notes that play well against the sweetness of the carrots.  Cook these two veggies in a bit of olive oil until they are nice and soft.

Next we add the star of the soup – carrots! The carrots are sweet and a bit earthy, carrying echoes of the soil in which they have grown. Fresh ginger goes in with the carrots; its peppery sweetness compliments the carrots perfectly and adds yet another layer of flavor to the soup as a whole. Cook these briefly before adding vegetable broth and a few spices. Stir and cook all together until the carrots are soft.

When the carrots can be pierced easily with a fork, you are going to add coconut milk and the tiniest bit of maple syrup. The coconut milk adds a silky creaminess, while the maple syrup is yet another compliment to the carrots and their natural sweetness. We’re making these carrots shine! Blend it all together and you’re done!

cream vegan carrot soup in bowls with a side of cinnamon bread

Soup Tips

We make a lot of soup and we love them all. Soup is such a comforting thing and there are so many varieties to choose from. It’s also quite easy to make a healthy soup that is flavorful and delicious without a lot of extra ingredients or effort. 

There are some tricks and tools that will make it even easier to make all the lovely soups you can imagine, particularly smooth and creamy soups. We all need that!

Cut and Prep As You Go

Mise en place, where you prep all your ingredients before you start cooking, is great for some things. But when you are making soup, you will almost always have time to prep between steps. For example, in this recipe, cut your celery and onion then put them on the heat. While they are softening, peel and chop your carrots. Keep going in this way, taking advantage of the mostly hands-off cook time to continue prepping ingredients you are about to use. It’s the most efficient way to make this and many other soups.

A Heavy Pot

We love a dutch oven for soups because they heat well and are large enough to cook a big batch without splattering or overflowing. A favorite is this Le Crueset 5-quart dutch oven. It’s heavy-duty cast iron, so it heats well and will last a lifetime. A less expensive alternative with great ratings is this one from Amazon Basics.

An Immersion Blender

This inexpensive tool makes it a breeze to blend your creamy soups. Honestly, soups wouldn’t be nearly as easy to make without this tool, which allows you to blend the soup right in the pot. No worrying about transferring hot liquid to a stand blender in batches! Simply insert the blade end of the wand into the soup and turn it on, then watch it swirl away to creamy, silky perfection! This one is our favorite.

top view of creamy vegan carrot soup in bowls with a side of cinnamon bread

Serving Your Creamy Vegan Carrot Soup

We love this with a bit of bread on the side. Here are some of our favorite options:

And, of course, you can’t forget dessert! Try one of these cookie recipes:

Enjoy!

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creamy vegan carrot soup

Creamy Vegan Carrot Soup

This Creamy Vegan Carrot Soup makes the most of this bright veggie by complimenting and blending its sweet and earthy flavors into a deliciously healthy and satisfying dish!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free, Main, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion, about 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/4 cup diced celery, about 1 large stalk
  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch thick pieces
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 24 ounces (3 cups) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Cook the Veggies: Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the onion and celery, along with a pinch of salt. Saute, stirring often, until the onions are translucent and the celery softens, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and ginger. Stir briefly, then add the broth, thyme, salt, pepper, and cardamom. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring the broth to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat and allow it to softly boil until the carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir it occasionally so that the carrots cook evenly.
  • Blend and Serve: When the carrots can be pierced easily with a fork, remove the soup from the heat and blend until smooth, either by using a stick blender in the pot or by transferring the soup in portions to a countertop blender. Stir in the coconut milk and maple syrup, then add more seasoning if necessary. If the soup seems too thick, add more broth a little at a time to thin it slightly.
Keyword carrots, soup, vegan
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