Roasted Carrot Turmeric Soup

roasted carrot & sweet potato turmeric soup /

I freaking love soup. Warm, comfy, and healing for the soul. And with turmeric – supposedly healing for the body. A natural anti-inflammatory, “they say.” Which is what sparked the idea for this soup: Literal sparks of pain.

Do you have those weeks where things seem to unravel? Where one mishap, leads to the next? For me, it began with a broken glass on the kitchen floor and a teeny tiny piece that I somehow couldn’t get out of my foot. I limped around for a couple days, until I could feel it was gone. Also gone  my sense of balance, apparently. During the making of this post, I tripped over some photo equipment and crashed to the floor, tangled in orange extension cords. Blog: 1, Jeanine: 0

I probably should have resorted to takeout for the rest of the week to rest my aches and pains. But I had this idea for turmeric soup (and the blog must go on!). The up side — a super tasty soup… creamy, spicy and everything I needed.

roasted carrot turmeric soup

Serves: serves 4
  • 6-8 big carrot sticks
  • 1 large sweet potato, or 2 small
  • (total - about 1.25 lbs of carrots and sweet potato)
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric, ground
  • 2 teaspoons madras curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
  • 4 cups veggie stock plus 2 cups water
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
spiced yogurt (on the side-optional)
  • ¾ cup greek yogurt
  • a good squeeze of lemon & a bit of zest
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • pinches of salt & pepper
  • a few sprigs of cilantro & a pinch of red chile flakes - optional
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel and roughly chop the carrots and sweet potatoes and place on a baking sheet. Slice the onion into quarters, and place 3 of the 4 quarters on the baking sheet next to the carrots and potatoes. Dice up the remainder of the onion and set aside. Place the garlic cloves (in their paper) on the baking sheet as well, but be sure to pull those off after about 10 minutes into the roasting time, before they burn. Toss everything with a drizzle of olive oil, and a good amount of salt and pepper. Roast for about 25 minutes, or until everything is golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat a bit of oil over low heat, add the chopped onion that you set aside before. Add a pinch of salt and cook until translucent. Add the turmeric, garam masala, and grated ginger and heat just until fragrant (30 seconds). Add the water and stock, and bring to a gentle boil, cover, and reduce to a low simmer.
  4. (optional step) Mix your yogurt sauce together and pop it in the fridge.
  5. Peel the paper off of the roasted garlic and add it and all of the roasted veggies to the pot. Leave the pot uncovered and turn the heat off. Allow it to cool for a bit and then puree in a high speed blender.
  6. Taste and adjust, I added a bit more salt, pepper, and a few pinches of cayenne. If you add too much cayenne (like I did), add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to tame the spice (the sweet acidity also added a nice balanced flavor to the soup - a happy accident).
Watch out because turmeric stains everything. Unless you have neon yellow countertops, try to be really neat about things. Also, my vitamix blender is now a tint of yellow - if you really don't want that to happen, you might want to mix the turmeric in at the very end in a glass or ceramic bowl.

vegan sub: omit yogurt, or use vegan yogurt, or plain full fat coconut milk


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  1. mrsnumbles

    Found your blog last week, made this soup tonight – huge hit, full of flavor and spice! Can’t wait to try out some more…love your blog!

    • jeanine

      welcome! so glad you liked it 🙂

  2. Leah from

    Made this the other night and it was delish! The spiced yogurt swirled in is a total must. I loved it. Tasted great for leftovers the next day, too!

  3. Rahel from

    I made this soupl last week and it was very delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Pipsqueak

    I am new to your blog and I just made this tonight for my family. They loved it !! I did not have the curry, so I substituted my own garam masala mix and omitted the cayene pepper. The soup was excellent and the yogurt sauce really made it.

    I love the design of your blog and the photos are amazing. I am looking forward to more great recipes!

  5. Onanda

    I can empathize with your recent days and wish you better ones soon. I just tried this soup recipe, with an addition at the very end of chopped fresh savory (which I had randomly picked up at the market yesterday). It was wonderful and mellowed out the slightly bitter quality of my somewhat aged turmeric. With a dollop of cream, it was an indulgence and a comfort. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

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  7. Wow…sounds like a bummer of a week. But there is something about a comforting bowl of creamy soup that somehow makes things all better. 🙂 Been there. And this soup looks amazing.

  8. What a crappy few days. You are in good company though. My dog got sprayed by a skunk and now our house (plus me and my husband) smell completely foul. I made soup too. It always makes me feel better. Cheers to a brighter day!

  9. Emma from

    How gorgeous does this soup look?! I think that lovely sunny colour alone would warm me up, but of course those spices and roots would do an extra good job of doing so 🙂

  10. Kasey from

    1. Glad to hear you’re ok. 2. I love the combo of carrot and turmeric!

  11. Amy from

    Sorry to hear about your foot. I have a new puppy so as I am filming I have to watch her, the cords, if she is chewing on the cords, me tripping on her chewing on the cords. eeeeeek. Anywho’ what a great healthy recipe, thanks for all your efforts!

    • jeanine

      Ha – that’s another one of my hazards. My two dogs who stand right at my feet while I cook – I trip over them nearly every single day!

  12. Tieghan from

    Oh my gosh, days when everything go wrong are the worst!! Seriously though, this soup would make those days to much better! It looks so cozy and delicious!

  13. Gaby from

    I hate those days where everything seems to go wrong. This soup, however, seems like everything right! Just gorgeous!

    • jeanine

      thanks Gaby! It was the one thing that went right 🙂

  14. Pang from

    Simple, yet beautiful pic as always. This recipe looks so yummy, I must try 🙂

  15. Yikes! That sounds like a really crappy few days! I’m so sorry! I hope things are on the up and up. And if not, at least you have soup! And judt think even though you fell, the pics ended up being beautiful!

    • jeanine

      oh it’s all fine, hazards of the “job” I suppose 🙂

  16. Delicious! And, the frugal part of me loves anything carrot based because organic carrots are one those organic produce items that are rather comparable to conventional–so I love to find new ways to use carrots 🙂

  17. OMG. This looks incredible! What perfect fall colors. Love all the flavors too, so many of my favorites. I will for sure be trying this with our next batch of carrots in our CSA box.

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