Curried Carrot Soup with Tarragon Oil

To make this healthy soup especially tasty cook the carrots with Madras curry powder, ginger, and garlic. Before serving, add a little bit of Tabasco sauce and a drizzle of tarragon-infused oil.  
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2 portions


  • Large pot
  • Saucepan
  • Blender


  • 3/4 cup Olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 large white onion coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 7 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • pepper freshly ground
  • 2 medium bunches tarragon
  • 1 cup parsley leaves flat-leaf
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest finely grated
  • Tabasco to taste
  • Chives snipped for garnish


  • In a large pot, heat 1/4 cup of the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and curry powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the carrots and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes longer. Add the water and sugar and season with salt and pepper. Simmer over moderately low heat until the carrots are very tender, about 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan of boiling salted water, blanch the tarragon and parsley just until wilted, about 30seconds. Drain the herbs and transfer to a bowl of ice water, then drain again, squeezing out the excess water. Transfer to a blender. Add the remaining 1/2cup of olive oil and puree until smooth. Strain the oil through a double layer of cheesecloth without pressing down on the solids.
  • Carefully puree the hot soup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return the soup to the pot, stir in the lemon zest and season with Tabasco and salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into shallow bowls, drizzle with the tarragon oil, and garnish with chives.
Keyword Difficulty level - Medium