Carrot Soup (Sopa de Zanahoria)

by Erica Dinho on June 12, 2009

Sopa de Zanahoria or Carrot Soup

Sopa de Zanahoria or Carrot Soup

In the United States, we think of hot soup as a winter dish, but in Colombia we eat soups all year round in every region of the country. We always welcome a good bowl of soup and this carrot soup is delicious and easy to make.



(4-6 Servings)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 Large carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablet chicken or vegetable bouillon
  • 5 ½ cups water
  • 1 large white potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the garlic and cumin and cook stirring for about 1 minute. Add the water, chicken or vegetable bouillon,potatoes, salt and pepper to your taste.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the vegetables are tender about 30 minutes.
  4. Add the cilantro and transfer the soup to a blender and pureé until smooth working in batches if necessary.
  5. Return the soup to the pot and cook over medium low heat, stirring once and season to taste.
  6. Laddle the soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro.
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nora@ffr June 12, 2009 at 9:34 AM

erica, i used to make carrot soup often but never used potato nor cumin powder.. sound wonderfull.. love the idea..m sure gonna try ye way of carrot soup :)


2 Gera @ SweetsFoods June 12, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Erica agree with you here soup is only for winter, that is to say perfect for cold days we’ve nowadays.
Nobody makes here soup in summer, different customs!

Never tasted cumin in soup sounds an interesting flavor :)




3 Erica June 12, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Hi Gera and Nora,

The Cumin gives a nice extra flavor to the soup.

Thanks for the comments!


4 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie June 12, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Love soup all year round! This sounds delicious, cumin is a wonderful flavor addition!


5 Soma June 12, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Love the cumin in the soup! even tho’ used in such small amount it imparts that slight smoky flavor which is so significant!

& Erica I love the plantains in the sugar syrup. every afternoon i have a sweet craving:-) i feel like having it now.


6 OysterCulture June 12, 2009 at 7:29 PM

This soup just sounds so refreshing and I love the addition of cumin, it adds such a nice warmth to the soup.


7 Erica June 19, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Thank you all for the comments.
I appreciate very much!


8 Kimberly September 29, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Hello, This soup is easy to prepare and has wonderful flavor! Just a note – I didn’t see the amount of onion necessary (I added 1/2 cup) and the potato is missing from the directions in the recipe. Not that you can’t figure this out though…Thank you for the recipe.


9 Erica September 29, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Hi Kimberly,
Thank you so much for the comment! I added the amount of onion to the ingredients and the potatoes to the directions.



10 Anonymous June 30, 2010 at 3:54 PM

This soup was really delicious….the perfect lunch and I served with salad on the side and it was filling. Thanks.


11 Dawn September 12, 2010 at 10:04 PM

This has become one of my favorites!! Thanks for sharing!


12 Cristina August 14, 2011 at 6:39 PM

This soup was really easy to make! Everyone at our house loved it and there was not a dribble in the pot after.


13 Diana August 28, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Hi Erica,
I am from Colombia also. My husband is American and loves the delicious Colombian food. He likes to make arepas…. and was the one that stumbled upon your blog :)
Now I’m checking your blog and have a question on how -what camera do you use, where do you take photos:inside/outside- of the different dishes. Great pics by the way.
Saludos desde Idaho,


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