04 March 2009

Celery, Carrot & Cumin Soup

Celery, Carrot & Cumin Soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
8 sticks celery, sliced lengthwise and finely chopped
8 carrots, chopped
3 medium potatoes, chopped
2 tsp dried cumin
3 cups vegetable stock
a splash of cream (optional)
salt & black pepper to taste

Saute the onion, garlic and celery in the olive oil until tender. Add the carrots and potatoes and cook gently for 5 minutes, before adding the cumin. Add the vegetables stock and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 30 minutes. Add a splash of cream and season to taste. Sprinkle some spring onions and cayenne pepper over the soup before serving.

Serves 4 - 6

Graham and I really enjoyed this soup. It was a simple soup, but very tasty. I added a splosh of cream to the soup, because I had some to hand, but it was equally nice before I added it. It is another one of those, clear-out-the-fridge recipes. I seem to make a lot of soups this way, but I do so hate to throw food out.


  1. I am pushing the gun and moving over to salads and barbeques, but in truth I really need the comfort of heartwarming soups like this one:D

  2. As I'm sitting here at work munching my leftovers for lunch, I'm wishing it was this soup instead. I can almost smell the cumin scented air.

  3. Um-um good...the cumin's a nice touch to offset the carrot's sweetness. Soup Queen you are!

  4. Tasty looking. We just were cleaning out the celery and we ate it with peanut butter... but this is much more creative!!

  5. Salads and barbeques. That sounds like a slice of heaven Val :)

    Hi AndreaIt does give off a gorgeous smell.

    Thanks Peter :)

    Oh, I haven't tried that before Tanita. Thank you for the card :)

  6. Such a nourishing soup Holler. I do love cumin.

  7. Me too Lisa, I always have it to hand.

  8. What a great soup. Soup is awesome and this one sounds flavorful and comforting.

  9. I am sold on this carrot soup because of the cumin. delicious!

  10. YUM. I usually don't like cooked carrots or celery, but the cumin has convinced me!

  11. Hi vb, I always find soup comforting :)

    Thanks Elra :)

    My work here is done then Jodye, LOL :)

  12. I adore cumin and carrot, and celery is edible when cooked, lol! Nice photos.

  13. I know I would love this soup, gorgeous combo of flavours!


  14. I love the simplicity of this soup.

    And a great recipe that uses refrigerator "leftovers" is always a plus!

  15. This looks yummy, I love cumin! Bookmarked.

  16. Oooh, that sounds quite tempting. I think I might try it with celeriac instead of celery, though.

  17. I used to feel like that about celery too Nic, but I really do like it now :)

    Thanks Maria :)

    Hi JD, you are right and soup is such a good way to use up leftovers.

    Hope you enjoy it Katerina :)

    Everyone seems to love cumin Cynthia and I do too :)

    Celeriac would be great in this soup Spaghetti. Great idea :)

  18. That soup looks good! I have really been enjoying cumin lately.

  19. Oh ya - if there is cumin in it, it is my type of soup. Looks great.

  20. Looks really delicious and creamy

  21. Soup weather's finally getting closer for me - lovely flavour combination, love!

  22. I think this is very nice dish! Need to try it!

  23. Hi Kevin I love the smell of cumin when it is dry roasted and then crushed.

    Thanks Parker :)

    Thank you Anne :)

    I am quite glad that soup weather is nearing an end for me Lucy although I will still be eating soup, just not so much of it. I cannot wait for salad weather.

    I hope you do try this soup Mary :)

  24. Brilliant. We had loads of carrots and celery left over somehow and did a Google search and found this excellent recipe. Thanks Mr Tomato.


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