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Roasted Carrot Soup

Citrusy and ginger-y with a hint of spice from the red curry paste, this roasted carrot soup is rich, creamy, and gluten free. You can easily make it vegan or vegetarian, or split the batch and do both. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: dinner, lunch, side, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free carrot soup, easy carrot soup, orange carrot soup, roasted carrot soup, spicy carrot soup, vegan carrot soup recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Sylvia Eastman

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds carrots, roughly chopped
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1-2 drops orange oil {This is not the same as orange extract. Read the label on your bottle as a little goes a long way.}
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste
  • 3 cups milk, any unsweetened plant milk, or dairy if not vegan

Instructions

  • Prepare the roasted carrots:
    Preheat the oven to 350F.

    In
    a large bowl, combine the carrots, 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil, and the orange essence.

    Put the carrots on a baking sheet and roast until soft, about 40-50 minutes.
    TIP: You can prep up to this point the day or morning before you make the soup. Just store in the fridge until you are ready to move to the next step. 
  • In a small frying pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Add the red curry paste and the minced ginger. Blend the curry paste into the ginger and fry on low-medium for a few minutes until the flavours are mingled.
  • When the carrots are roasted and cool enough to handle, put them in the blender with the curry paste/ginger mixture, the orange juice, and about 1 1/2 cups of milk. Add more milk to reach desired level of thickness. 

    Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this in batches. If you are making this for a diverse group, for example, part vegan or plant-based and part omnivore, do one batch with a plant-based milk, and the other with dairy milk.

Notes

About Orange Oil
This is not the same as orange extract or orange flavouring. It is pure orange essence and a little bit goes a long way. I use Boyajian brand. This is not a sponsored post! They don’t know me (yet!). You should be able to find it at well-stocked gourmet shop or baking supply store. It’s worth the trip, but in a pinch, you can leave this out, but obviously the orange flavour will be less intense.)
Nutritional Information
Nutrition information is an estimate and is based on using 2% milk. 

Nutrition

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 1159mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 38450IU | Vitamin C: 60.2mg | Calcium: 297mg | Iron: 0.9mg