The Ultimate Christmas Soup | Sweet Carrot and Thyme Soup | Vegmas Day 9

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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. 

carro and thyme soup

4.84 from 6 votes

Sweet Carrot & Thyme Soup

This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, vegan, soy free and nut free.
Course Soup
Cuisine British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4


  • 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


  1. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large pan, add 1 chopped onion, then fry for 5 mins until softened.
  2. Stir in the thyme and 1 chopped potato, then cook for 1 min.
  3. Add the 450g peeled and chopped carrots, sweet paprika and 1.2l vegetable stock, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat.
  4. Cover and cook for 20 mins until the carrots are tender.
  5. 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!

sweet carrot and thyme soup

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. 

Until tomorrow,  


16 thoughts on “The Ultimate Christmas Soup | Sweet Carrot and Thyme Soup | Vegmas Day 9

  1. I love soup, if I ever have a starter, most of the time I go with soup. I do usually go for carrot and coriander, I haven’t tried it with thyme before so that could be worth a go. My all-time favourite soup is butternut squash soup though, I never get bored of it. Thank you for sharing your recipe 🙂

    Chloe xx

  2. i’ve never had a started on christmas day, probably because i’m to busy munching on the sweets i got in my stocking but soup sounds like the perfect dish to have. that is, unless christmas is unusually warm like it has been the past few year then i might skip the soup. xxxx

    mich /

  3. This sounds delicious!! I love vegan food, although I’m a pescetarian myself and this is a perfect winter warmer kind of recipe. I’d definitely try this out when I’m home from travels.

  4. This looks and sounds absolutely delicious. I love soups especially when it’s winter and it’s cold. I’ve been looking for some new recipes to try and this is one I’ll be trying out with my mom. She loves making soups so I know she’ll want to try this one. I love your vegmas series and it all looks so delicious!

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