The first time I tasted the Thai Carrot Soup from Whole Foods Market...it was love at first spoonful. How had I missed this amazing soup before??!! Creamy, loaded with Thai flavors, this soup surprised me!
The only reason I grabbed it all is because my neighbor had mentioned it to me and how much she had loved it. I wouldn’t normally be drawn to something with carrot. I mean…it’s not like carrots aren’t great…but they are not my go-to vegetable, so sue me!
But this Thai carrot soup. It is seriously amazing. And before I had moved onto my second spoonful….I was brainstorming ways to recreate it. After all , at $6.99 for a pint…this was not cheap. And I knew I could do it and leave out canola oil and other weird ingredients (hydrolyzed yeast extract?) I didn’t really want (please lose the vegetable oil Whole Foods!!).
I first tried to see if a a recipe was already online…but I couldn’t find ANYTHING…it was all totally different. So armed with an ingredient list…I set to work.
Enter the Instant Pot (cue angels singing!)
When my trusty stove-top pressure cooker started causing me grief with the pressure gauge….I knew the time might soon be upon me to replace this well-loved and well-used kitchen pot. Not having one was not an option….it is one of my most used pots…dinner in a FRACTION of the time..(think pot roast in under an hour)!! This busy mom would never be without the convenience!! I had been seeing posts for ages about others and their Instant Pots…so I started looking there first. It didn’t take long to see that this was definitely the pot for me:
- plug in, run an automated program for whatever your cooking, and then forget about it (you have to watch stove top ones carefully since they are on a continuous heat source)
- large capacity
- rice cooker
- slow cooker
- yogurt maker
- very quiet operation (unlike my stove top cooker)
And since receiving my new toy, I have been using it incessantly.
So of course I used it to make this Thai carrot soup because I adore my little kitchen wonder!!
No Instant Pot? No Problem!!
No biggy if don’t have one…stove top is easy enough too, just more cooking time.
Come and enjoy a warming, flavorful Thai carrot soup that even my husband willingly eats (not much of a soup guy)!
Like soup? Here are a couple of other recipes you could try!!
- Spanish Garlic & Egg Soup (lightening quick!!)
- Thai Chicken Soup
- Creamy Ham & Potato Chowder (dairy free)
- Homemade Chicken Soup in a Flash
Paleo Thai Carrot Soup Recipe:
Instant Pot Paleo Thai Carrot Soup - A Whole Foods Knock-Off
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil (another fat would work)
- 1 medium yellow onion rough chop
- 1 1/4 pound carrot rough chop
- 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper with seeds, rough chop (optional...the seeds provide the heat so remove if you like to temper it)
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger use a Microplane and you will thank me!!
- 4 cups broth veggie or chicken
- 1 teaspoon sea salt OR 1 tablespoon fish sauce, to taste for saltiness
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
- 1/4 teaspoon tumeric
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- Cilantro chopped (added in after cooking, before pureeing)
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk or cream
- 20 drops stevia or 3 tablespoons honey, optional
INSTANT POT DIRECTIONS
Using the saute feature, heat the oil and add the onion. Sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften but not brown.
Add in the chopped carrot and pepper, sauteing for a couple of minutes.
Add in the broth and all the spices, stirring.
Lock the lid and set manual pressure for 5 minutes.
When time is up, do a quick release, unlock the lid, add the cilantro, and puree the soup in a blender, food processor, or try using your immersion blender.
Add back to pot and stir in the cream and stevia (if using).
STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS
The same as above, but at step 4, you will cover and simmer about 30 minutes until carrots are tender.
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