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Roasted Carrot and Cashew Soup

Roasted Carrot and Cashew Soup 6.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Nichole Bryant for The Washington Post

Eat Voraciously Newsletter Weeknight Vegetarian Nov 3, 2019

This simple, creamy (but vegan) soup gets a dose of complexity and heat from the spices, which help balance the carrots’ natural sweetness. Pair with a dark, toasted bread, if you like, for a satisfying meal.

Make Ahead: The roasted carrots can be refrigerated for up to 5 days before finishing the soup.

Storage Notes: The finished soup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.


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Tested size: 6 servings; makes about 9 cups

  • 2 pounds carrots, trimmed, scrubbed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium shallot, quartered
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6 cups no-sodium-added vegetable broth
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk or cashew milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or apple cider vinegar


Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, toss the carrots with the garlic, shallot, oil, salt, black pepper, coriander, sumac and red pepper flakes. Transfer to a sheet pan large enough for the carrots to fit in a single layer. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tender.

Meanwhile, heat the vegetable broth in a saucepan over low heat and keep warm.

Place 1/4 cup (1 1/2 ounces) cashews in a high-speed blender. Add the coconut milk and puree until smooth. Chop the remaining cashews for garnish.

Add the carrot mixture and vegetable broth to the blender and puree until smooth. (If necessary, puree the soup in batches, combining about half of each — the stock, carrots and cashew puree — in each batch and stirring everything together again before serving.) Taste the soup and add more salt and pepper, if desired.

If needed, return the soup to the saucepan over medium heat and warm until heated through. Stir in the lime juice or vinegar and divide the soup among serving bowls. Top with chopped cashews and drizzle with olive oil. Serve hot.

Recipe Source

Adapted from “Cannelle et Vanille: Nourishing, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal and Mood” by Aran Goyoaga (Sasquatch, 2019).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 6, with coconut milk and lime juice): 340

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 23g 35%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 330mg 14%

Total Carbohydrates: 31g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 5g 20%

Sugar: 14g

Protein: 6g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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