Carrot & Cumin Soup

It’s looking pretty cold outside today in Lancaster considering it’s May now, so I thought it might be nice to take the time to make some home-made soup for lunch as a change from the tinned soup/salads/bits of Quorn I usually have – I also wanted another chance to use some more cumin, which I have to say I am absolutely in love with ever since I bought it. I saw this in Matt’s healthy recipe book, and I thought that carrot and cumin seemed like a really nice, warming and comforting combination and it was lovely for a little pick-me-up after a long morning of slaving over my portfolio (deadline’s in 6 days so forgive the lack of inventiveness in my food this week!)

I also served it in my special mug and snuggled in my pyjamas so for a second I felt quite homely and happy… Then I remembered it’s now officially exam period. I guess soup can’t solve everything.

It did taste lovely though, quite thick and hearty – I would suggest adding more texture to it once it’s cooked though, I really hate soup that’s just liquid.

Carrot & Cumin Soup


One large carrot, peeled and chopped

One clove of garlic, chopped

One small onion, chopped

One medium tomato, skinned and chopped

200ml of vegetable stock

Some spices: half a teaspoon of cumin, a sprinkling of cayenne/black pepper and maybe a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg if the weather’s as bad for you as it is here at the moment!


  1. Put all the ingredients in a lidded saucepan
  2. Bring to simmering point over a high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender
  3. Cool slightly, then pour the soup into a blender and purée until smooth. Return to the saucepan and heat up again or freeze for another day. If you’re not a vegan, serve with some crème fraiche, if you are a vegan, then maybe some croutons or a wedge of crusty bread – I had mine plain in a mug and then a Quorn ‘sandwich’ (Quorn slices, tomatoes and cucumber on top of rice cakes) afterwards for lunch.

Serves one

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