Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

With a Dash of Orange Juice

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Spring officially began on the 20th March but today felt like ‘real spring’ with temperatures of up to 4 °c (39°F), coupled with some nice cool sunshine. I actually came back from my walk, sweating!! I was a bit slow on posting last week, but I did a lot of cooking so I have piles of posts, waiting to be unleashed.

Today I decided to go orange. As I mentioned last week “orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement and motivation. It’s associated with joy and sunshine. I want to start my week on a bright bubbly note.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and also hope you all started your week on a bubbly note, like me. I am trying to be as positive as possible but of course I do slip many times a day. But as we always say, “If you fall, just stand up and walk on.” That reminds me of one day, two weeks ago, when the snow was melting all over the place and I fell on my butt, along with all my grocery. Oh boy-it was so hilarious. I stood up so fast, hoped nobody saw me fall, and walked at Olympic pace. Later on in the night I had a really good laugh. I’m lucky because, somehow, I always fall on my butt. It was so funny, one minute, I was walking happily, and the next minute I was seated on the cold, icy sidewalk, wondering, “What happened?”

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So much for the falling trivia, today I want to share the recipe for carrot and sweet potato soup. I love sweet potatoes. In fact, I love all potatoes. So settle back and enjoy the recipe. If you are reading this line, thanks for your patience and support and do come back again. Now for the recipe…

Carrot & sweetpotato soup_5982_2This was meant to be a carrot soup, but I had some left over sweet potatoes and I said why not? so it was transformed into a carrot-sweet-potato soup at the spur of a moment.

Carrot & sweetpotato soup_5990_2Please always assemble all the ingredients, before you start cooking. If you are too lazy to make fresh broth, like me, buy the low salt broth from the store

Tomato Soup_6520Heat the olive oil or butter or your favourite oil in a large pan.

Carrot & sweetpotato soup_5996Sauté onion and garlic for one minute. Then add carrots and sweet potatoes, sauté for 4 minutes.

Carrot & sweetpotato soup_6000 Add mixed spice, stir and fry for one minute.

Carrot & sweet potato soup_6002until thoroughly mixed.

Carrot & sweetpotato soup_6006Stir in vegetable stock  (or chicken broth, if using) . Add the 2 basil sprigs and  bring to the boil.

Carrot & sweetpotato soup_6016Now reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove pan from heat, discard the basil sprigs and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Carrot & sweetpotato soup_6022Blend the soup to the desired consistency.

Carrot & sweetpotato soup_6032_2Rinse the pan. Return soup to it. Stir in orange rind, season with salt and pepper, then add strained orange juice, cook gently, stirring occasionally until piping hot. Do not boil.

Carrot & sweetp potato soup_6057Serve the soup. Swirl in the light cream and garnish with basil.

Carrot & sweetpotato soup_6061I hope you enjoyed the soup. If you would like to contribute a recipe as a guest, please contact me at (myfavouritepastime(at)

Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Total cooking time: 40 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • I large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 clove garlics, crushed
  • 400g (0.8 Ib) carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 300g (½ Ib) sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 level teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 1000ml (4 cups) vegetable or chicken stock 
  • Fresh basil sprigs, bruised
  • 1 large orange
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Light (single) cream for garnishing
  • Extra basil for garnishing


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Sauté onion and garlic for one minute. Add carrots and sweet potatoes, sauté for 4 minutes, add mixed spice then stir and fry for one minute.
  2. Stir in vegetable or chicken stock, add two basil sprigs, bring soup to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Discard basil sprigs and allow soup to cool then blend it in a blender or use a stick blender.
  4. Finely grate rind from the orange and squeeze juice, strain the juice.
  5. Rinse the pan. Return the soup to it, stir in orange rind and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Return the pan to the heat, add strained orange juice. Cook gently, stirring occasionally until piping hot. Serve soup, swirl in the light cream and garnish with basil.
  7. Last Updated: 5 December 2014

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

30 thoughts

    1. […] first time I made carrot soup, I combined the carrots with orange sweet potato. It resulted in a very sweet and orange soup. I […]

  1. This recipe sounds incredible. I was surprised to find that I loved simple cream of carrot soup – this sounds so much more exciting and flavorful. Can’t wait to try it! Just want you to know that I laughed out loud when I read that you were sweating in 39F weather – I live in the U.S. in the South and that is COLD!! Spring hit us today as it almost reached 80F 🙂 I would love to visit Canada.

    1. Thank you for stopping by my blog, for leaving me a note and for making me laugh. I live in the “warmer” parts of Canada and right now the temperature is at 37°F. But this is warm by Canadian standards, at least I can go out without gloves and just pocket. Omg if spring is 80°F, what is summer like?? I would hate to imagine summer in the south then. You should visit one day, it’s not too far. Please give me a feedback if you ever try any recipe. Thanks again for stopping by!!!

      1. I will definitely let you know when I try out your recipes. I am looking forward to exploring your site more and future posts. So great to have you following MBV blog – thanks! As for our 80F weather this week, it is a bit warm for our usual Spring. The weather has been weird this year. Mid-Summer it can get up to 100F!! Early Spring and late Fall are the best seasons here. When is the best time to visit Canada – does it ever get up 50F?

        1. Don’t get too excited. My site is only two and a half months old so I haven’t posted much yet. it’s still growing slowly. The funny thing is that Summer in Canada can be extremely hot too, up to 95F and with the windshield factor it usually feels even hotter than that. I hate and love summers at the same time, but I think the best weather is in fall. Cool and nice. The best time to visit is summer because schools are closed-July/August. Okay thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your week!

  2. Hi Liz, thank you for stopping by my blog, you have a wonderful blog. I like the soups, especially that now in Sydney we are in the middle of autumn and I was just looking for nice soups. I will try the recipe to warm us up.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for liking my soups, if you ever make anything from here please give me a feedback. My dream is to visit Australia one day….

        1. Okay so I must visit Brisbane then, if I ever come there. When I hear of Australia I always think of Oprah and Ellen, during Oprah’s visit we saw so many beautiful places to visit in Australia. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I’m surprised about the addition of oranges to the soup—sounds delicious, though! Do you taste the citrus or does the flavor blend in? It may be a cute idea to garnish with thinly cut orange rinds!

    1. Oh yes it does taste delicious and there is a subtle taste of the citrus. Yes it’s a cute idea to garnish with orange, makes a statement about the soup. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Omg this is exciting, I think this will be my first photo on Pinterest, thanks so much for pinning it! and thanks for the likes! Cheers to you to!

  4. Ha Ha this is hilarious. Last winter I fell three times. I’m lucky I didn’t break my leg. I am sorry I’m laughing but your story is soo funny…It’s good you didn’t hurt yourself. The carrot soup looks delicious!

  5. Hi Liz! This post made me laugh, thanks for making my evening! I can’t wait to try this recipe when I get a blender!

    1. Oh yeah Jojo told me he had fallen five times during the cold icy days, and I thought “how could he fall, he doesn’t tread with care like me?, Ha-I could never fall.” The day I fell…I cannot even explain what happened. I just found myself sitting on the sidewalk. Then I remembered Jojo and the “Ha I can’t fall”. I realized no matter how careful you are…you can sometimes fall!!!

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