Two Traditional Carrot Soup Recipes: Carrot and Coriander & Carrot and Leek

by KathleenDuffy

Carrots are ideal vegetables for making winter soups. Juicy, fibrous and sweet-tasting, they make a colourful partner for creamy leeks and pungent coriander.

Carrots are a marvellous vegetable, often not fully appreciated because it is so easy to overcook them, turning them into tasteless, unattractive, waterlogged items on the plate.

In addition the supermarket varieties of carrot are usually very limited, not just in colour but in shape and size so that they are all identical and consequently, very boring indeed!

Here are two traditional carrot soup recipes – Carrot and Coriander and Carrot and Leek – that make good use of carrots, one of the most versatile vegetables on the planet. If home-grown carrots can be used, so much the better because they usually have a fuller flavour than the supermarket variety.

Recipe for Carrot and Coriander Soup


Serves 4 to 6


  • 2 onions
  • 40 g/1½ oz butter
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Pinch of salt
  • 450 g/1 lb carrots
  • Pepper
  • 1 dessertspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 glass of sherry
  • 600 ml/1 pint chicken stock
  • 600 ml/1 pint milk
  • Chopped parsley to garnish


  1. Peel and slice the onions.
  2. In a large pan cook onions gently in the butter until transparent
  3. Crush garlic together with salt and add to the onions
  4. Scrub the carrots, slice thinly and add to pan
  5. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Add coriander seeds and sherry
  7. Cover and simmer gently until vegetables are soft – about 10 to 15 minutes
  8. Add stock and cook for a further 15 to 20 minutes
  9. Liquidise the soup and pour into a clean pan
  10. Add milk when ready to serve, reheating carefully
  11. Adjust seasoning
  12. Sprinkle parsley in each bowl of soup
  13. Serve with crusty bread.


  1. Slice the carrots and leeks
  2. Sauté carrots and leeks in the butter for approximately seven minutes.
  3. Add horseradish sauce, oatmeal, salt pepper and bay leaf
  4. Pour on stock and milk
  5. Bring slowly to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes
  6. Blend in a liquidiser
  7. Serve with a tablespoon of Greek yogurt on top and crusty bread


Recipe for Carrot and Leek Soup


Serves 4


  • 2 carrots
  • 2 large leeks
  • 25 g/1 oz butter
  • 1 teaspoon of horseradish sauce
  • 25 g/1 oz medium oatmeal
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bay leaf
  • 600 ml/1 pint chicken or vegetable stock
  • 150 ml/¼ pint milk
  • Greek Yogurt

Soups are just one way in which to savour the unique flavour of fresh carrots, whether they are picked from the garden, allotment, or bought at the farmers’ market.

Even the humble supermarket carrot tastes good in a soup.

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Updated: 12/10/2013, KathleenDuffy
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KathleenDuffy on 01/28/2014

Hi Frank - That's brilliant! Glad to be of service :)

frankbeswick on 01/28/2014

This is useful Kathleen, as I have quite a lot of leeks on the allotment and some carrots left. Soup from allotment vegetables is a part of our diet.

KathleenDuffy on 01/28/2014

Hello Derdriu - I'm glad you found it interesting! Thanks so much for your comment.

DerdriuMarriner on 01/27/2014

KathleenDuffy, Thank you for spotlighting carrot soup, which is a favorite vegetable soup for me. Your two selections give nice glimpses of the range available when featuring carrots in soup.

KathleenDuffy on 01/15/2014

Hi Brenda! I do too - thanks for the comment. :)

BrendaReeves on 01/14/2014

I love carrots. Thanks for the recipe.

KathleenDuffy on 12/12/2013

I'm no great cook myself, but these recipes are very easy. Even I can't go wrong with soup! :)

WriterArtist on 12/12/2013

I am not good at making soups, I really want to try your recipes. You have a delicious variety of recipe articles.

KathleenDuffy on 12/10/2013

ologsinquito I'm so pleased you like this article - thanks so much! :)

KathleenDuffy on 12/10/2013

Abby - It's a beautiful sweet and creamy taste! I think you'd really like it.

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