Thursday, July 25, 2013

Carrot-Top, Potato & Onion Soup

Carrot top soup
Did you know carrot tops are edible? Yes, I'm talking about the green fern-like leaves atop the orange roots.

My first foray into cooking and eating carrot leaves (or tops, if you prefer) involved sauteing them in olive oil with some garlic and then adding them to beaten eggs for a carrot-top frittata. The greens were surprisingly mild in flavor -- I expected a bitter edge and intense carrot flavor, neither of which turned out to be the case -- and the frittata was packed with nutrients from the carrot tops as well as protein from the eggs.

Here is my second recipe using carrot tops: A healthy and comforting soup that is dairy-free and can be made vegetarian/vegan if you substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth and omit the cheese garnish. It's also incredibly easy to make.

6 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 small onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 large bunch carrot tops (leaves and stems), well-rinsed and chopped
1 lb potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves OR 1/2 tsp dried thyme

Bring broth to a boil in a soup pot. Add all other ingredients, reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook until the potato is fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and use a stick blender (aka hand-held or wand blender) to puree the soup to desired consistency. If you don't have a stick blender, you can ladle the soup into a regular blender to puree (you may need to work in batches). Serve hot, and garnish with grated or shredded parmesan, Swiss or other cheese.

Zestfully yours,
Carolina Sauce Company

PS: For more vegetarian and vegan recipes, follow my Vegetarian Recipes on Pinterest.


  1. G'day Gloria and thank you for allowing me to learn something new! I always discarded the tops of the carrots, but recently through my OzHarvest blog post (in participating in Cooking for a Cause), I have learned there are HEAPS of ways to minimize food wastage and will be more than happy to spread the word of this post today too! Feel free to check out my post too! :) Thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne

    1. Hi Joanne, it's great to see you here again and thanks for your sweet comment! Glad I was able to introduce you to carrot tops - I love discovering tasty ways to save money and reduce waste by using kitchen "scraps" (which often turn out to be previously-wasted food). Many thanks for telling your friends about my carrot-top recipes, and I look forward to visiting your blog, too. Have a zesty weekend!