2 Tablespoons margarine or butter
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 pounds carrots, grated or chopped (about 7 cups)
6 cups (48 ounces) low-sodium broth (any type)
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or dill or 2 teaspoons dried parsley or dill
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- In a large pot, melt margarine or butter on medium heat. Add celery and onion and sauté until soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add carrots, broth and water. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Remove pot from heat and uncover. Let the soup cool for about 5 minutes. Stir several times to help release heat.
- Puree the soup in batches in a blender, using the manufacturer's directions for pureeing hot liquids, or use an immersion blender. Add salt, pepper and parsley. Serve warm.
- Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
- For more flavor, try adding 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger and 3 cloves minced garlic to the celery and onion in step 2. You can also add a few dashes of hot sauce or 1 Tablespoon apple cider or rice vinegar after blending the soup.
- This recipe was inspired by Rabbit's Favorite Carrot Soup, found in the children's book Carrot Soup by John Segal.