Carrot Soup with Basil Pesto Swirl Carrot Soup with Basil Pesto Swirl

Carrot Soup 150 Image by: Carrot Soup 150 Author: Canadian Living

Pesto adds pizzazz to this classic fall soup and is a great way to use up the last of the basil from the garden.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: October 2006




Basil Pesto: In food processor, finely chop together basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, salt and pepper. With motor running, add oil in thin steady stream. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.)

In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; fry onion, carrots, potato, garlic, salt, pepper and thyme, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, about 10 minutes. Add stock and 2 cups (500 mL) water; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer to blend flavours, about 40 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Using immersion blender or in batches in blender, puree soup until smooth. Add water to thin if desired. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate, uncovered, in airtight container until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days; reheat.) Ladle into bowls; swirl 1 tsp (5 mL) pesto into each.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 695 mg
  • Protein 4 g
  • Calories 196.0
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Cholesterol 2 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 18 g


  • Iron 8.0
  • Folate 13.0
  • Calcium 9.0
  • Vitamin A 227.0
  • Vitamin C 12.0
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Carrot Soup with Basil Pesto Swirl