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Creamy Carrot Soup Recipe

Creamy Carrot Soup has surprisingly simple ingredients but tastes gourmet. Just like our popular Potato Soup, this is a quick and easy recipe that comes together in one pot. You will love the silky smooth texture and rich flavor.

Creamy carrot soup in pot garnished with bacon and parsley

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Carrot Soup Recipe:

Carrot soup is loaded with sweet carrots, plenty of onion and celery (don’t worry – they disappear into the final soup but add amazing flavor), fresh garlic, bacon, and light cream. Sauteeing the bacon first and cooking the rest of the soup in a little bit of bacon grease really elevates the flavor of this cream of carrot soup. We love serving with Dinner Rolls or Crusty French Bread.

Carrot soup recipe ingredients with carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bacon, broth, cream and milk

How to Make Easy Carrot Soup:

You’ll love how this soup comes together in one pot. If you use an immersion blender, it’s even easier since you can blend it right in the pot and don’t have to transfer it to the blender. Immersion blenders are amazing!

  1. In a large pot, brown the bacon and transfer to a plate, keeping the bacon grease in the pot.
  2. Add diced onion, celery, and sliced carrots and cook 6-8 min. Add minced garlic, salt, and black pepper and cook another minute.
  3. Add chicken broth, and simmer partially covered 20-25 min until carrots are soft.
  4. Puree soup in batches in a blender or use an immersion blender.
  5. Return soup to the pot, stir in 1/2 cup cream, 1/2 cup milk, salt and pepper to taste, then bring to a simmer and remove from heat.

Step by step process photos for how to make carrot soup

Tips for the Best Creamy Carrot Soup:

I fell in love with creamy soups on our honeymoon in Mexico where we dined in 5-star restaurants and soups were served as starters. They were so simple and so elegant at the same time. Here are some tips to make silky smooth blended soups:

  • Don’t overcook or undercook the vegetables. Cook until uniformly soft without resistance to the bite.
  • Season to taste at the end. You won’t be able to truly gauge the flavor until the end after it’s all blended.
  • Add cream last. You don’t want to keep boiling after the cream is added.
  • Don’t forget toppings! They aren’t just for looks. Toppings like bacon, parsley, black pepper or an extra swirl of cream will add just the right amount of texture and flavor and keep your soup exciting for adults. Remember it’s not baby food!

The best creamy carrot soup in a bowl garnished with bacon and parsley

How to Blend Creamy Soups:

There are many ways to blend soup, but not all are effective in getting a restaurant-quality ultra-smooth consistency.

  • High Powered Blender: Transfer your soup to your blender in batches. You should never fill a blender more than halfway with hot liquids to avoid burns, spills or ‘explosions.’ A high-powered blender will do the job best. Our blender has openings in the lid to allow heat to escape so you don’t end up with a vacuum.
  • Immersion Blender: You can blend the soup to the right consistency and save yourself some dishes by using an immersion blender. Blend directly in your soup pot. It has a shield around the blade to avoid scratching your pot. Wear an oven mitt and apron while using in case there is any splatter.
  • An Electric Hand Mixer – This is not as good as an immersion blender for getting a silky smooth texture. An electric hand mixer can also scratch up your coated pots.
  • A Food Processor is our least favorite option as it doesn’t achieve the smoothness that you get from a high powered standing blender or immersion blender. It is better for processing thicker and chunkier sauces and soups.

Blended creamy soup in a pot with toppings

Can I Make This a Dairy-Free Carrot Soup?

Yes! You can skip the cream and milk and use coconut milk instead for a carrot coconut soup, just like we did in our Sweet Potato Soup. It will still have amazing flavor and be a dairy-free creamy soup.

More Creamy Soup Recipes:

This Carrot soup is a feel-good comfort food and will warm your belly. If you love quick and cozy soup recipes, don’t miss our most popular Zuppa Toscana, easy Chicken Noodle Soup, and loaded Taco Soup (to change up your Taco Tuesday routine). You can explore all of our soup recipes here.

Creamy Carrot Soup

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Creamy carrot soup in pot garnished with bacon and parsley
Creamy Carrot Soup has surprisingly simple ingredients but tastes gourmet. This is a 30-minute recipe that comes together in one pot. You will love the silky smooth texture and rich flavor.
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$9
Keyword: carrot soup
Calories: 180 kcal
Servings: 8 people (1 cup servings)

Ingredients

  • 6 oz bacon 6 strips, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion diced (2 cups)
  • 1 celery rib diced (1/2 cup)
  • 2 lbs carrots 8 large, peeled and sliced into 1/2” thick rings
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth (reduced sodium)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream plus more to garnish
  • 2 Tbsp parsley to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Brown bacon in a large pot and remove browned bacon with a slotted spoon.

  2. Into the same pot with the rendered bacon fat, add diced onion, celery, and sliced carrots and cook 6-8 minutes until onions soften (do not brown). Add minced garlic and 2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper, and stir another minute.
  3. Add 4 cups chicken stock, bring to a simmer then partially cover and cook 20-25 minutes or until carrots have softened.
  4. Puree soup in a blender in batches or use an immersion blender.

  5. Return soup to pot and stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup milk. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Carrot Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 1270mg55%
Potassium 541mg15%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 19178IU384%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Nancy Daugherty
    January 22, 2020

    I have never made or eaten carrot soup before! We absolutely loved it; my husband said this is a keeper for sure and I agreed. Thank you Natasha! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 23, 2020

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Nancy! Reply

  • Anon
    January 21, 2020

    Can this be made with a pressure cooker? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 21, 2020

      Hi Anon, I have not tested that to advise. If you experiment please let me know how you like that. Reply

  • Beth
    January 18, 2020

    Delicious and easy. This will be one of our favorites! Reply

    • Natasha
      January 18, 2020

      Hi Beth, I’m so happy to hear the carrot soup has become a new favorite. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review. Reply

  • Teresa
    January 14, 2020

    Is it necessary to use heavy whipping cream? What is the reason you use the whipping cream? Can I just use the 18% table cream? Will that be good enough? Thanks Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2020

      Hi Teresa, that should work. It will be less creamy but should have a similar affect. Reply

  • Trisha
    January 11, 2020

    I made this tonight and it was so delicious! Definitely a keeper! Reply

    • Natasha
      January 12, 2020

      I’m so glad you loved it! I keep seeing so many people posting pictures of this one on Instagram and Facebook. It became popular right away! Thanks for the great review. Reply

  • Emma
    January 10, 2020

    When do you put the bacon back in, or don’t you? Is that just for garnish? Can’t wait to make this! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 10, 2020

      Hi Emma, we use it as a topping for this recipe. I hope you enjoy this recipe! Reply

  • Aimee Shugarman
    January 8, 2020

    Made this for dinner, it turned out so good. My teens loved it too! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 8, 2020

      Hi Aimee, That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great! Reply

  • Julia Frey
    January 8, 2020

    It’s always so satisfying when such simple ingredients produce stellar results. I just love the silky smooth texture of this soup! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 8, 2020

      The flavor is amazing! Thank you for stopping by & for that great review, Julia. Reply

  • Billy
    January 8, 2020

    This soup is so good and so creamy. The bacon compliments perfectly. Definitely my new go to soup. Reply

    • Natasha
      January 8, 2020

      Hi Billy, I’m so glad you loved the soup! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

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