Hi guys, today I’m sharing what I think is the perfect soup starter for Christmas. Starters are always tricky – you don’t want anything too filling that you won’t have room for the kilogram of roast potatoes that are about to go down. But, at the same time, you won’t see me reaching for the melon anytime soon. Today I’m making sweet carrot and thyme soup, which I believe fits perfectly. It’s not too heavy, carrots aren’t the most filling of vegetables but it’s still nice and warming.
I know coriander is the usual choice for carrots. But I don’t see any point in ruining a good carrot soup by adding coriander. I opted for thyme to keep more of a theme running throughout the dishes served on the day. This dish also has a pinch of sweet paprika to help bring out the sweetness of the carrots.
You can easily make this early morning or the night before and reheat. And it only takes around 30 minutes so there’s no crazy rush on Christmas Day and you’re not too tight on space in the kitchen.
The recipe says this soup serves 4, which is correct for a starter before a large meal. However, if you’re tempted to make this as a main on casual Tuesday evening, it more likely serves 2.
This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, vegan, soy free and nut free.
Sweet Carrot & Thyme Soup
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 red onion chopped
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 6 baby new potatoes chopped
- 450 g sweet carrots peeled and chopped
- 1.2 l vegetable stock
Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large pan, add 1 chopped onion, then fry for 5 mins until softened.
Stir in the thyme and 1 chopped potato, then cook for 1 min.
Add the 450g peeled and chopped carrots, sweet paprika and 1.2l vegetable stock, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat.
Cover and cook for 20 mins until the carrots are tender.
Tip into a food processor then blitz until smooth. Alternatively, use a hand blender in the original pan. Reheat for a few minutes if necessary.
Serve and enjoy!
Does this sound like a good Christmas starter to you? What do you guys usually have on Christmas day? More importantly, do you do coriander or not? Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my vegan Christmas hamper then we’ll be ending Vegmas with my festive sides and mains recipes.