A recipe I love to make year round – and especially in the fall – is my carrot and walnut soup. Learn how to make carrot and walnut soup below in just three simple steps. You’ll love the warm, rich, earthy flavors this soup offers. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosures.
A few years ago, I enjoyed this tasty carrot soup at a friend’s house. I loved it so much that I promptly asked my friend for the recipe.
She told me it contained carrots, onions, walnuts and vegetable broth. Wait, back up a minute, this soup contained walnuts?!?
Yes, it did, and that is why this soup tasted extra delicious – better than any carrot soup I’ve ever had.
On top of that, this carrot and walnut soup is nutrient dense as it contains all sorts of healthy properties that can give anyone a much-needed immunity boost.
Carrots are packed with beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Walnuts offer up a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids (the good fats), protein, fiber and magnesium. Remember, healthy fats are good for the brain, so consider this carrot and walnut soup a brain-boosting superfood!
While I love making this soup year round, I always make a point to make it for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which is typically in the fall (September/October).
Carrots are one of the many symbolic foods Jews eat for Rosh Hashanah for many reasons. The Hebrew word for “decree” (gezerah) has the same root word as “carrot” (gezer). Plus, Rosh Hashanah is a time to eat sweet foods as a symbolic way to welcome in a sweet New Year. Carrots are a sweet vegetable. So are onions.
I think the soup tastes great, but what I love most of all is that my son loves it too. He’s a growing teenager and I’ve hooked him on vegetables early. Just don’t tell him it contains nuts. He wouldn’t eat if he knew.
Here’s how to make this earthy carrot and walnut soup that is slightly sweet and oh-so-delicious.
Step #1: Gather Your Ingredients
You’ll need just a few simple ingredients for this recipe:
- 3 Tbsp olive oil (divided)
- 2 lbs carrots, peeled and sliced into 2 in pieces
- 1 yellow onion, cut into large chunks
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt (divided)
- 1 cup walnuts, shelled
- 7 cups vegetable broth
- Fresh ground pepper, to taste
Step #2: Make the Broth
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, and Kosher salt. Saute the vegetables for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
Add walnuts and six cups of broth to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil.
Cover and simmer the vegetable mixture on low for 45-60 minutes. Carrots should be softened and easy to flatten when pressed with the back of a spatula. Remove mixture from heat and allow it to cool for 20-30 minutes.
Step #3: Puree Broth to Make a Soup
Using your immersion blender (or food processor), blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
Add one cup of additional vegetable broth, 1 tbsp olive oil, and fresh ground pepper, to taste. You can also add more salt, if needed. Continue to blend the mixture until it’s smooth and until the desired texture and taste is reached.
FAQs about this Carrot and Walnut Soup
Here are answers to some of the most common questions I get about this earthy carrot and walnut soup.
Can I make it ahead of time? Yes, you absolutely can make this soup ahead of time. Once made, allow it to cool to room temperature before placing it in your fridge. You can then reheat the entire pot of soup on your stovetop about 30 minutes before you want to serve it.
Can I freeze this soup? Yes, allow the soup to completely cool, then portion it into freezer safe containers or bags and then place those containers in your freezer. The soup will last for 6+ months in your freezer. Take it out of the freezer a few hours ahead of time to allow it to thaw at room temperature or overnight in your fridge.
Can I use a different nut? I’ve only tried this recipe with walnuts, so I can’t answer this question.
What type of broth should I use? I like to use a vegetable broth, but you could use chicken broth or even gluten-free bouillon cubes. Use any broth you like. You’ll need 6-7 cups to make this soup the just-right texture. You can use more or less broth depending on how thick you want the soup to be.
Do you taste the walnuts? While this soup is packed with walnuts, you hardly taste them. They blend so nicely into the broth and add a wonderful texture to the soup.
Can I use baby carrots? Yes, you can use baby carrots, although the flavor and color may not be as rich. I recommend using fresh, peeled carrots for the best results.
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Carrot and Walnut Soup
- 3 Tbsp olive oil divided
- 1 yellow onion cut into large chunks
- 2 lbs carrots peeled and sliced into 2" pieces
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 cup walnuts shelled
- 7 cups vegetable broth divided
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
- Heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots and salt. Sautee for 10 minutes, stirring occassionally, until softened.
- Add walnuts and 6 cups of broth to the pot and bring mixture to a boil.
- Cover and simmer on low for 45-60 minutes. Carrots should be softened and easy to flatten when pressed with the back of a spatula. Remove mixture from heat and allow it to cool for 20-30 minutes.
- Use an immersion blender (or food processor) to blend all the ingredients until smooth. Add up to 1 cup of additional vegetable broth (to taste), 1 tbsp olive oil and fresh ground pepper (to taste). Add more salt if needed. Continue to blend until smooth and until desired texture is reached.