Last night I looked in my fridge to find something my family would enjoy only to realize we had a ton of carrots and a few stalks of celery—not exactly the makings of a feast. Since PB&J didn’t sound very appetizing, I decided to make carrot soup.
I know it doesn’t sound delicious at first. The first time I made it my kids were skeptical until they tasted it. Once they had it, they were over the moon for it and even requested to have it the next day too!
If you have ever had a Thai peanut soup this carrot soup is along those lines. It is a sweeter soup with a hint of peanut butter. Delicious!
Poor Man’s Carrot Soup
2 lbs carrots
6 cups of water
1/2 cup peanut butter (can sub sunflower or cashew butter if there is a nut allergy)
2 Cloves minced garlic
1 tsp cinnamon
1 T brown sugar
1 T coconut oil (optional)
salt to taste
This recipe is great for those pinching pennies because you can get a pound of carrots for a dollar, water for free (just the price of filters), a whole jar of peanut butter for a couple bucks, and multiple bulbs of garlic for a dollar. So this recipe is super cheap. In times of plenty you can add canned coconut milk or fresh ginger but honesty it tastes pretty good just how it is.
The most time consuming part of this recipe is softening the carrots. There are multiple ways to do this.
1. You can steam in a steamer using the instructions included with your steamer.
2. In an Instant Pot use the steamer function (or if yours doesn’t have it you can also use the stew function to soften the carrots).
3. You can alternatively boil in enough water to cover the carrots in a pot on the stove. If you are preparing ahead of time and using a crockpot go ahead and just put in all the ingredients at once.
Once the carrots are soft add water and use an immersion blender or dump into an upright blender to purée your carrots.
Once you have a carrot purée simply add the seasonings and peanut butter. Blend enough to disperse the peanut butter throughout the soup.
Add the remaining water to the soup and stir. Serve warm.