Carrot and Orange Soup

A delicious, lighter soup recipe:  Carrot and Orange Soup

Carrot and Orange Soup recipe from RecipeGirl.com
Are we eating light for the New Year?  And by “we,” I mean you and me?  It’s a given for me.  I’ve got this beach vacation coming up… and there is nothing more awful than feeling fat on the beach.  So I’m doing my best to shed whatever poundage I can before I hang out at the beach!  Recipes like this Carrot Orange Soup are perfect for those who are watching their calories as the New Year begins.  You know… us!

Carrot and Orange Soup recipe from RecipeGirl.com
I love this soup recipe for a few reasons.
1.  It’s completely comforting and filling, which is great for a lighter soup.
2.  The color is mesmerizing.
3.  The orange flavor pairs nicely with the carrots, and I dig the hint of cinnamon too.

Carrot Orange Soup Recipe - from RecipeGirl.com

The texture of this soup is thick. I prefer if that way because it seems more like eating than slurping.  If you’d like a thinner soup, you can simply add in more broth.  Enjoy your soup and eat it too!

Carrot and Orange Soup

Yield: 6 Servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 12 large carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth (more to thin, if needed)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (with pulp)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • fresh thyme, (garnish- can add into the soup too)
Directions:
  1. Heat butter in large saucepan. Cook onions in the butter over low heat for 25 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add carrots and broth to the onion mixture and mix well. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Reserve 1 cup of the broth.
  2. Remove solids to a blender or food processor using a slotted spoon. Add a small amount of the hot mixture and process until puréed. Return the purée to the saucepan and mix well. Stir in orange juice and reserved broth. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the orange zest. Simmer just until heated through, stirring occasionally. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
Tips:
  • To get more juice from an orange, microwave on high for thirty seconds.
  • If you're preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to use a brand of broth that is known to be GF.
Nutrition:
  • Nutritional Information- Per Serving (soup divided into 6 equal servings): Calories 207, Fat 5.3g, Sat Fat 5.25g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 739g, Potassium 817mg, Carbohydrates 26g, Dietary Fiber 5.25g, Sugar 13g, Net Carbs 20.75g, Protein 6g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS:  Freestyle SmartPoints: 4, SmartPoints:  5, Points Plus Program: 4 Old Points Program: 5.5
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com

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  • Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish wrote:

    What a wonderful healthy dish filled with flavor and warmth! Well done.

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life wrote:

    I am right there with you trying to eat healthy and shed some pounds before a beach vacation. This soup sounds amazing! Love that flavor combo!!!

  • Joanne wrote:

    Soups like this are definitely what I’m craving! Love how brightly hued it is…total happy food!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust wrote:

    I love that you added the orange juice! Totally making this – carrot soup is a favorite of ours!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    I adore the color of this soup! And it sounds so fresh! Perfect for the beginning of the year!

  • marcie wrote:

    The more veggies the better, especially after last month. 🙂 I love my soup, and this is so pretty! The flavor combination sounds delicious as well!

  • Millie | Add A Little wrote:

    Looks lovely and light and refreshing Lori!

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan wrote:

    Love the orange in there Lori! Not a combo I would have come up with but it really sounds perfect. Have fun at the beach!!

  • Ashley wrote:

    Mmmm….love carrot soup. We made something similar in one of my dietetics classes last year and we were all immediately addicted.

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness wrote:

    Holy pretty soup! I LOVElovelove how bright and orange it is..it just LOOKS healthy!
    I would have never thought to pair carrots and orange, so I am alll ova this one! Pinned 🙂

  • Nina at Focusedonfit.com wrote:

    Love the idea of orange to brighten up the thickness of a carrot soup. And I like that this recipe doesn’t rely on heavy spices to create flavor. Sounds yummy, hope to try it soon!

  • Laura wrote:

    I am totally ready to lighten up (my stomach and digestive system is telling me this too….TMI?!….sorry) I have never tried or even heard of the orange and carrot combo….especially in soup. Cannot wait to try!!!! And the color is eye popping =)

  • Maureen wrote:

    I’ve never heard of carrot and orange soup but my goodness – it sounds like the answer to world peace. It’s beautiful in that bowl!

  • Jordan wrote:

    I’m making this tonight! I’m so excited!