Carrot Soup with Tahini & Rosemary

Simple, earthy, and with a few surprising ingredients...

Working the humble carrot into a space that feels joyful and decadent, this warming recipe is taken from A Modern Cook's Year by Anna Jones, which celebrates simple vegetarian dishes. On a recent rainy Sunday afternoon, we set the table for lunch with a few of our friends and served a small bowl of this soup as a starter.

Simple, earthy, and with a few surprising ingredients, this Carrot Soup with Tahini & Rosemary is perfectly suited to winter weather and a great way to load up on nourishing foods...


2 tablespoons olive oil, and extra for frying
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
500g carrots, peeled and chopped to 1cm rounds
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
zest and juice of 1 orange
1 litre hot vegetable stock
400g tin of chickpeas
a couple of sprigs of rosemary, leaves picked
1.5 tablespoons sherry vinegar
4 tablespoons of tahini
a little extra virgin olive oil, for serving


Heat oil in a large lidded pan, over medium - high heat.
Add the onion and cook for about 10 mins until soft and sweet.
Add pinch of salt, paprika and garlic, cook for another minute. Add carrots, tomatoes, zest and juice from orange and cook until everything is bubbling, then add the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium - low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until carrots are tender.

While the soup is simmering, drain the chickpeas and pat dry with kitchen paper. Heat a large frying pan with 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Once hot, add the chickpeas and rosemary and cook until the rosemary is fragrant and chickpeas are crisp and popping. Sprinkle them with salt and keep warm.

Once the carrots are tender, take off the heat and stir in the sherry vinegar and half the tahini, and puree with a hand-held blender.

Serve the soup with the fried rosemary and chickpeas, the rest of the tahini, and a little extra virgin olive oil drizzled over the top. Enjoy.
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