Carrot And Coriander Soup

Carrot and coriander soup is a classic fresh soup that crops up everywhere – from inside cardboard cartons in the supermarket to on smart restaurant menus. here’s my simple recipe for making your own. I often substitute the fresh potato and carrot for their tinned sisters, for an even easier version.

Serves 2

1 onion
4 carrots
1 potato
1 vegetable stock cube
a fistful of fresh coriander, chopped
a fistful of fresh parsley, chopped

Peel and chop the onion and place into a medium-sized sauce- pan. Wash and chop the carrot and potato (without peeling), and add to the pan. Pour in cold water to cover (approximately 500ml), crumble in the stock cube and bring to the boil.

Add the parsley and coriander. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes until the carrots and potatoes are tender and yield easily when prodded with a fork.

Remove from the heat and blend in a food processor until smooth. Serve hot.

Tips: Add a scant 1⁄2 a teaspoon of ground cumin or turmeric for a spicy soup. use less water (only 300ml) to make a lovely carroty pasta sauce instead of a soup.

‘Carrot & Coriander Soup’ from A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe.

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  1. Hi jack just made this and its yummy. I saw the recipe few weeks back which randomly inspired me to buy fresh coriander in lidls 2herbs for £1.50 so 75p. Then thursday saw some chanterary baby carrots on offer in morrisions for 50p so decided will try.I have a free covent garden cookbook got from the paper offer 2years ago which gave me idea, I had 1 seen better days chilli in fridge that cut in half popped in the soup but scooped out before blending.Im fortunate I have lots of spices in cupboard back when food budget wasent as tight. I added tea spoonful of cumin and ginger plus bit basics black pepper and pinch of salt as this soup for me not kids lovley and spicy feel warmed up already served with reduced granary bread my local spar often has bread reduced cheaper than supermarkets basics at times as does co-op if you have one near you evenings/bank hols and sundays are quite good reductions as try meal plan around whats cheap or reduced as noticed sainsburys basics keep rising and like you I go round sainsburys tutting and annoyed..Many thanks cant wait to try another recipe now as both soups were tasty.

  2. hi jack just wanted to know if we don’t have fresh herbs and want to use dried herbs how much would we need to put in a meal.thank you.

  3. I often make carrot/coriander soup at home. Suggest wilting the herbs – and fresh are really preferable – at the end, when soup is cooked before blending. Once it is cooked add herbs to wilt in hot soup and then blend.. Herbs will taste much fresher.

  4. I love your blog Jack! I make a carrot soup with about a 1/4 cup of split red lentils thrown in with leek/onion (depending on price) and boiled along with the carrots, then blended. The red lentils add bit of protein and creamy bulk. Can I pass on Thyme as a really nice change to coriander? I find I can grow thyme quite well on the balcony, while I can’t grow coriander.

    Carrot and Thyme soup is also nice made a bit creamy with a splash of milk.

    Keep up your good work and ignore the Guardian article trolls!

  5. I used a sweet potato in this recipe instead of a regular spud because that was what was lying in my fridge today. It was really delicious! Love the imaginative and wholesome recipes on your website, looking forward to getting your book 🙂

  6. Hey thanks for this! If you guys want to try out a spicy version of this, check out my blog!

  7. Just discovered your blog last night, and I have this dish on the stove now. It will be the first soup I’ve ever made from scratch and it smells delicious! In fact, it’s making my whole house smell delicious!

    Just wanted to say that you seem like an amazing and talented woman, and finding your blog has gotten me all excited about cooking again (things can so easily slip into being bland and boring when money gets tighter) so thank you very much indeed 🙂

    Can’t wait to read more!

  8. Tried this today with the added cumin. It’s absolutely DELICIOUS, and gave me 4 great portions for my lunch this week, meaning it cost about 10p for a portion. WOW!

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