Thai Roasted Carrot and Golden Beet Soup |

Thai Roasted Carrot and Golden Beet Soup

This post was originally published here on November 7, 2013. That’s a lifetime ago in the blogging world! So I decided to freshen up the text and photographs. Enjoy!

Are we ready to embrace soup season?!?!

I think I’m officially on board. We’ve finally had a stretch of cooler air temperatures. The leaves are changing colors (and all ending up in my driveway!). And the “leaf peepers” are arriving in droves. All telltale signs that it’s about time for me to jump back on the soup bandwagon.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy eating soup(s) all year long. And I know a lot of you do, too I mean, where would I be without Summer staples like gazpacho and fresh corn chowder? But soup in the Fall and Winter just feels better. I don’t know. Does that make sense? I sure hope it does.

So today, I’m officially/unofficially kicking off “soup season” with one of my favorite sunny-hued creations: Thai Roasted Carrot and Golden Beet Soup.

Thai Roasted Carrot and Golden Beet Soup |

Many of my soup recipes end up being some shade of orange. I think it’s because I tend to lean heavily on butternut squash and sweet potatoes as core ingredients during the cooler months. But this time, I decided to pick on some alternate vegetables of the same color palette: carrots and golden beets. And the results were particularly satisfying. A unique, earthy tasting soup that’s as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat.

Oh and one that just so happens to be vegan AND super creamy, thanks to a can of full-fat coconut milk. So luscious!

Thai Roasted Carrot and Golden Beet Soup |

The spice level in this recipe is just enough. It’s warming. But flames certainly won’t be coming out of the top of your head (who really likes their food THAT spicy, anyways?). If you have a cold, this Thai Roasted Carrot and Golden Beet Soup is the perfect way to kick it to the curb!



Thai Roasted Carrot and Golden Beet Soup

Thai Roasted Carrot and Golden Beet Soup

At a Glance:
Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


For the Soup:

  • 1 lb golden beets, trimmed and peeled
  • 1 lb carrots, trimmed and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. black pepper, divided
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2-3 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk

For Garnish:

  • Toasted coconut flakes
  • Crushed peanuts
  • Fresh cilantro


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roughly chop the beets and carrots into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Toss them on a large rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and 1/2 tsp. each of the salt and black pepper. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and roast until softened, about 30-40 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking time. Remove and set aside.
  3. In a large heavy-bottom pot, warm the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add the diced onion and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the red curry paste and the remaining salt and black pepper and cook, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetable broth and the roasted beets and carrots. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook, covered, for about 20 minutes, or until all the vegetables are very soft. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the soup to cool slightly. Then carefully purée the soup using an immersion blender, blender or food processor with the blade attachment. Work in batches as necessary and be careful when transferring hot liquids.
  5. Return the puréed soup to your pot and re-warm it over low-medium heat. Stir in the coconut milk. Taste and adjust for salt and black pepper.
  6. To serve, ladle the warm soup into bowl. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes, crushed peanuts and fresh cilantro, if desired. Enjoy immediately.

15 comments on “Thai Roasted Carrot and Golden Beet Soup”

  1. this sounds awesome – i have way too many beets & carrots in my fridge from a winter CSA and i’m trying to figure out what to do with them! however, i don’t think this soup would freeze well with the coconut milk – have you tried it? anything you could suggest substituting for the coconut milk? thanks! xx

    • That’s great, Meg! I haven’t tried freezing this soup. If you want to freeze it, do it before you add the coconut milk. Then when you thaw and re-heat the soup, just stir in the coconut milk. Heavy cream or half and half can certainly be used in place of the coconut milk, but then it’s not vegan anymore. Hope this helps!

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  3. This beauty has me SO ready for soup season!!

  4. Hooray for soup season, Liz! The combination of flavors here makes me want to get in the kitchen and cook it! Delicious ingredients and soooo nourishing. That corn chowder sounds over the top! I wish corn season was longer :/ .

    • I always feel sad when one season ends, but also get renewed excitement for a whole different set of fruits and veggies. So yeah FALL!

  5. This is super tasty! The flavors go great together and it is perfect for that chilly, cold season type weather. I cooked the soup in my instant pot to make sure it would blend easily. Definitely going to remember this one- I am always looking to incorporate more variety of veggies. 

  6. This is an Excellent soup. Grow some golden beets this spring and make this soup.Worth it.The coconut milk really enhances the flavour.

  7. I’m a little obsessed with this soup! I make it on Sundays and enjoy it all week long for lunch. And I don’t get sick of it! It is so creamy, delicious and absolutely beautiful to look at. I especially love how I feel after I eat it: energized and comforted! So good for us and sooo yummy! Thank you!!!!

  8. Hi,
    This soup is simple and hearty which we liked. However, adding a bit of garlic helps to tie the flavors together.
    Thank you

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