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Carrot Soup with Parmesan Crisps

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Hands-on time 37 mins
Total time 1 hr, 13 mins

Serves 6

Cheese crisps are the perfect topper for this sweet carrot soup. 


  • 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 2/3 cups coarsely chopped carrot
  • 2 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 cups plus 1 teaspoon water, divided
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped leek, white and light green parts only (about 2 large)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives

Nutrition Information

  • calories 107
  • fat 4.2 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 0.4 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 12 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 10 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 277 mg
  • calcium 112 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Spread 2 teaspoons cheese evenly into a 2-inch circle on a parchment-lined baking sheet; repeat 5 times, leaving 1 inch between circles. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until golden. Remove pan from oven; carefully lift crisps from pan with a spatula, and place on a wire rack. Cool cheese crisps completely.

  3. Combine carrot, chicken stock, 2 cups water, and leek in a large Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and let stand 10 minutes.

  4. Place half of carrot mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Strain mixture through a sieve over a large bowl; discard solids. Repeat procedure with remaining carrot mixture. Stir in vinegar, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

  5. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon water, crème fraîche, and chives in a bowl. Place about 1 cup soup in each of 6 bowls. Top each serving with 1 teaspoon crème fraîche mixture and 1 crisp.

Cook's Notes

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