Carrot and Coriander Soup

Carrot and Coriander Soup

In the past week, and particularly the past 3 or 4 days, I’ve begun what is commonly known as a “health-kick”. Basically this means walk everywhere, eat healthily and go for a 2.5 mile jog every other day. One thing I have completely stopped eating is bread – I haven’t touched the stuff. In some way I miss it, in others I don’t. Basically the problem with bread is that although good bread is cheap and tastes absolutely delicious, it can make one feel really bloated. When added to the fact that bread, and white bread in particular, is essentially a bad carbohydrate that, if eaten in excess, can really pile the pounds on. In addition I’ve completely stopped drinking cider, a drink which is even more bloating than beer, and a lot sweeter. So, recently I’ve started feeling much healthier and already a little slimmer.

Of course, one of the problems with not eating bread is what on earth one replaces it with, especially since it’s been such a staple for so long. Recently the solution to this problem has been salads and houmous with a bit of cheese, which is delicious, but I need some more variety. This, in combination with the fact that mum has been banging on at me to make carrot and coriander soup prompted me to do just that – the results were to die for. This dish is seriously low fat and low calorie and, because it contains potato, onion, carrot and coriander, is really packed full of vitamins and nutrients. I honestly can’t believe I’m saying this, the Nick of old would never have listened to such a thing – then again the Nick of old was a little too chubby.

The other benefit to this soup is that it is stupidly cheap to make. Enough carrots to make plentiful soup for 6 people cost 18p! This is because it’s a soup, which means you can use the lowest quality carrots in the supermarket and it won’t be noticed. Indeed, a 1.5kg bag of these carrots cost 57p, which is just silly considering we used little under a third of them. This soup is also the perfect way to get carrots into those who don’t like them – me, for instance. It, in all honesty, tastes absolutely nothing like carrots considering it is composed primarily of the see-in-the-dark wonders.

Carrot and Coriander Soup {recipe}

Serves 6

Ingredients:

• 500g carrots, chopped

• 1 potato, diced

• 1 onion, roughly chopped

• 1 litre vegetable stock

• 1 heaped tsp ground coriander

• 1 handful of fresh coriander

• Crème Fraîche to serve

• Oil

Method:

1. In a little oil fry the onions and potatoes in a saucepan. After a few minutes add the ground coriander and carrots. Add the vegetable stock and leave to simmer until the vegetables are tender.

2. When the carrots and potato are cooked remove from heat and blend it all together in a food processor, remembering to add the fresh coriander at this stage. Once blended to a smooth mixture reheat and serve in bowls with a small splodge of crème fraîche.

Cost:

6 medium sized bowls of this delightful soup will set one back perhaps 80p. Now, that really is value for money!

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31 comments on “Carrot and Coriander Soup

  1. Karen
    July 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Your carrot soup would be good hot or cold, especially topped with a dollop of creme fraiche.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      Yeh creme fraiche really makes it. It is delightful.

  2. bonfood
    July 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Healthy carrot soup sounds like a good thing to eat after too many rich meals in the middle of winter. (I live in the southern hemisphere NZ)

  3. Aimee@clevermuffin
    July 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Looks fresh and delicious! Anything with that much coriander is a winner to me. mmm

  4. imaGInelocal
    July 26, 2011 at 2:30 am

    This looks really fantastic! If I can get my hands on some fresh carrots I may have to try out this recipe and give you a shout-out on my page…

  5. Kay aka Babygirl
    July 27, 2011 at 5:25 am

    This Carrot and Coriander Soup looks so decadent and just wonderful on a cold winters day. I can’t wait to try this out.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Try it out before christmas though! It’s fantastic. Good for summer too – good cold actually.

  6. amy @ fearless homemaker
    July 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    this looks absolutely lovely. i love a carrot ginger soup but have never tried carrot coriander. wonderful idea! i also like that this soup looks like it would be good both hot or cold – i like the versatility.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Sorry for the late reply – Try it, it is amazingly delicious. My favourite soup ever.

  7. Tiana
    August 3, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Carrot soup, especially with ginger, is one of my all-time favorites :)
    I’ll have to try it with coriander!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      I’ve never tried it with ginger. Perhaps I shall blog that aswell!

  8. ForwardFoodie
    August 14, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I adore carrot and coriander soup! This looks so thick and delicious.

  9. stumblebunny
    September 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Bookmarking this for Thanksgiving! I usually serve a Thai coconut butternut squash soup (it’s better than it sounds) but I think my friends and fam would love this.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

      I think that soup sounds just fine. This one is really really yum though!

  10. Katerina
    February 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I made this last night for dinner and served it with your cheese chapatti triangles. It was lovely! We got 3 large bowls of scrummy soup from this recipe :)

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Thankyou, Katerina. Much love, my wonderful woman.

  11. petit4chocolatier
    November 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I cannot believe I missed this! I love that your carrot soup is hearty with a potato. This explodes healthy delicious! I bookmarked it; great recipe!

  12. Ankit
    November 22, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Great Recipe…. I was just hunting for some easy soups…
    definitely one for a cold winter eve
    :)

    • frugalfeeding
      November 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Thanks so much! This is one of my favourites actually!

  13. narf77
    December 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I love carrots…and coriander and now I love this soup…cheers Mr Frugal for another degustatory triumph on a penniless hippies budget :)

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