Velvety Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto

Velvety Carrot Soup with Carrot Top PestoRecipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell
Get the most out of great fresh carrots by making pesto out of their tops.


Serves 6 (serving size: 3/4 cup)
Total time: 45 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 136
Caloriesfromfat 61 %
Protein 3.5 g
Fat 9.2 g
Satfat 1.3 g
Carbohydrate 12 g
Fiber 3.1 g
Sodium 621 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg


3 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 onion, chopped
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 1/4 pounds carrots with tops on
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon chopped toasted walnuts


1. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onion and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

2. Remove carrot tops from carrots, chop roughly, and set aside. Roughly chop carrots and add to pot. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover (leave lid slightly ajar), and cook until carrots are very tender, about 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, mince garlic in a food processor, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add 1 cup carrot tops, the walnuts, remaining 2 1/2 tbsp. oil, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and whirl until blended.

4. Purée carrot-broth mixture in a blender, working in batches, until very smooth, about 1 minute per batch. Ladle into bowls and swirl in carrot top pesto.