Carrot and Basil Soup

May 16, 2015
Lyndall McAlpine


Well the weather has been very wet and cold in Perth this weekend so it was definitely soup weather, ok I actually had soup pretty much twice a day while I was in Phuket, but it is officially soup weather and I love soup!This is one of my favourite soups, although I would never have tried it from a recipe. Carrots are my least favourite vegie so when I rocked up for a girls lunch at Aideen’s many years ago I wasn’t very excited about it. I am not sure if it is the butter that  gives it a creamy flavour or basil that changes the “carrot” flavour. Whatever the reason I love this soup.I was concerned… again, not my healthiest choice for my 2nd recipe (well it does have a lot of carrots!!) so I thought I would try a weirdo (as Marty would call it!) version and replaced butter with organic coconut oil, it was quite nice with a coconut hint to it.

I have also added a little twist to the soup by adding Quinoa. This makes it a very hearty, filling soup that does not need bread to fill you up. You can always leave it out and use fresh bread to accompany it. I have added a little info about Quinoa below if you care to read it.this

I hope some of you try it and enjoy
  • 6 organic carrots *
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 onion
  • 3 Tblsp butter – healthy option coconut oil *
  • ½ tspn dried basil
  • 1 Tblsp fresh parsley
  • 5 cups organic chicken stock  *
  • option 1 cup cooked organic quinoa *


  • Chop vegies roughly, sauté in butter for 5 minutes
  • Add basil, parsley and flour, cook for 5 minutes
  • Add stock and simmer for 20 minutes
  • Blend until smooth
  • Add cooked quinoa if you wish

This recipe is very Thermamix friendly!


* shopping tips. It is not that hard or expensive to reduce pesticides and chemicals in your diet, here are a few tips related to this recipe. All below ingredients can be bought easily at Coles:

  • Organic carrots are the one vegie that seems to be easily accessed in vegie dept, they are usually fresh and not too expensive
  • Organic Quinoa
  • Organic coconut oil (which are often on special)
  • Organic stock         ”            “