Spicy Carrot Soup

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

We stirred harissa, a hot chile sauce commonly used in North Africa, into this carrot-and-leek soup for a hint of heat.


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium leek, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise ¼ inch thick, rinsed well

  • 1 bunch carrots (about 6), peeled and sliced crosswise ¼ inch thick

  • 2 teaspoons harissa

  • Coarse salt

  • 3 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock

  • Garnish: 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook leek until just soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in carrots and harissa. Season with salt. Cook until carrots are just soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add chicken stock, and bring to a simmer. Cook until vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

  2. Puree half the soup in a blender until smooth. (For safety, remove cap from hole in lid, and cover with a dish towel to prevent spattering.) Stir puree into remaining soup in pan. Divide soup among 4 bowls, and garnish with parsley.

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