Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup

  • 10MINS
  • 35MINS
  • 117KCAL

This is a really simple soup that is bursting with the sweet flavours of carrots, zesty orange juice and fragrant thyme, ideal for lunch!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories117
  • Carbs21g
  • Protein2.2g
  • Fat1.3g
  • Saturates0.5g
  • Sugars17g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

We love a velvety, nutritious soup that’s bursting with flavour and this Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup is no exception! Packed with veggies and fragrant thyme, we love how simple this soup is to put together.

We’ve added a zesty twist by including a surprise ingredient you don’t often find in soup: orange juice! It balances the sweetness of the carrots perfectly and adds a delicious twist to the typical carrot and coriander flavour!

Soups are such an easy go-to lunch or light dinner when the weather is nice, and we especially love a freezable one for those days you need a grab and go meal.

You could always up the quantities and batch cook a few portions of this warming, hearty soup so you’ll always have a bowl on hand to serve alongside a crusty wholemeal roll and a fresh side salad.

What diets is this Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup suitable for?

This Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup recipe is suitable for vegetarian, gluten free, vegan and dairy free diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup?

You’ll need either a food processor or a hand blender to blitz this soup until it’s smooth. You can often find them at larger supermarkets, or you can pick them up online.

You can use a food processor for so many of our recipes so it’s a worthwhile investment: soups, sauces, breadcrumb coatings – the possibilities are endless!

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How many calories are in this Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup?

There are 117 calories per portion in this Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup is perfect if you’re following a calorie-controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray a large saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and place on a medium heat.

Step 2

Add the onions and garlic and fry for 10 minutes, stirring, until golden and softened slightly.

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Step 3

Add the carrots, stock and thyme, cover and simmer over a low heat for 25 minutes until the carrots and onions are tender.

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Step 4

Carefully transfer to a food processor and blitz until smooth. You may need to do this in two batches. Alternatively, use a handheld stick blender.

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Step 5

Transfer the soup back to the saucepan. Stir in the orange juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Step 6

If needed, heat, uncovered over a low heat for 2 -3  minutes until piping hot and serve.

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How do you know when Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup is cooked?

You should cook this Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup until the vegetables are soft and tender, ready to be blended. This will take around 25 minutes on the hob, with a few minutes after blending to make sure it’s piping hot.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Can I freeze Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Carrot, Orange and Thyme Soup

This is a really simple soup that is bursting with the sweet flavours of carrots, zesty orange juice and fragrant thyme, ideal for lunch!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    35 MINS
  • KCals 117
  • Carbs 21G
  • WW Points:
  • 2 Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 2 Purple

Ingredients

  • 450 g carrots peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 vegetable stock pot made up with 1L boiling water
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves finely chopped
  • 200 ml fresh orange juice
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions

  1. Spray a large saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and place on a medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and fry for 10 minutes, stirring, until golden and softened slightly.
  3. Add the carrots, stock and thyme, cover and simmer over a low heat for 25 minutes until the carrots and onions are tender.
  4. Carefully transfer to a food processor and blitz until smooth. You may need to do this in two batches. Alternatively, use a handheld stick blender.
  5. Transfer the soup back to the saucepan. Stir in the orange juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. If needed, heat, uncovered over a low heat for 2 -3  minutes until piping hot and serve.

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Recipe notes

Tip: If you haven't got fresh thyme you can use 1 tsp of dried thyme instead. You may decide to add a little more depending on your taste.

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Anne WoodwardTuesday 2nd February 2021

I wondered if orange squash could be used maybe half the amount?

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    HollyTuesday 2nd February 2021

    Hi Anne, we haven’t tried this recipe with orange squash and I’m not sure it would really work so best sticking to orange juice, hope that helps!

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Mrs Caroline ReesSaturday 2nd January 2021

Is there a book with just soups

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    HollyMonday 4th January 2021

    Hi Caroline, no we don’t have a book with just soups but you can use the filters on our website to just see Soups and Stews which you can find HERE hope that helps!

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Valerie ScottFriday 27th November 2020

Can you use oure orange juice from a carton instead of squeezing the oranged?

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    HollyMonday 30th November 2020

    Hey Valerie, yes you can swap the fresh orange for orange juice from a carton. Hope that helps!

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Rachel BowlerMonday 23rd November 2020

Love this soup…..thank you ladies

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    HollyTuesday 24th November 2020

    Hey Rachel, so glad you enjoyed this soup!

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