Carrot and celery soup

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This simple, light carrot and celery soup is flavored with ground ginger and cinnamon and brightened with fresh lemon. It’s so delicious and healthy.

It’s inexpensive, low in calories, and ready in less than 30 minutes.

Top view of a black bowl full of creamy carrot and celery soup garnished with seeds.

I’ve been a soup lover my entire life, and even more here in London, where I’ve learned to expect chill days to last through April. Yep, I still load up on soups all season.

But this delightful soup with carrots and celery I’m sharing today is perfect for any weather. It’s low in calories and can be served warm or cold, as it always tastes delicious. 

It’s a staple in our house. It couldn’t be simpler to make with essential ingredients I always keep on hand. It’s fantastic for using carrots and celery that might sit in the fridge, and it’s easy to jazz up with convenient ground spices.

But more importantly, it’s creamy, full of antioxidants, rich flavor, and each serving contains less than 200 calories! What’s not to love?

You could serve it on its own, topped with a swirl of olive oil, black pepper, and toasted seeds…or pair it with crispy Italian crostini, warm focaccia, Italian crispy panini bread, or croutons. And it’s kids-approved, too!

List of the ingredients

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onion & garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Plant-based milk or cow milk
  • Ground ginger, cinnamon, turmeric
  • Salt & pepper
The ingredients to make carrot celery soup are arranged over a white background.

How to make carrot & celery soup

(Note: this is simply a quick explanation; the full recipe is at the bottom of the page)

  • Saute onion and garlic in olive oil to build the flavor base.
  • Stir in the chopped carrot and celery.
  • Add the broth, milk, spices, salt, and simmer until tender.
Top view of a white pot full of chopped carrots and celery before cooking.
  • Blend until smooth, stir in fresh lemon juice, and season to taste.
  • Enjoy with fresh parsley, more lemon juice, delicious crusty bread, this easy warm black pepper focaccia, or golden stovetop croutons for more texture. Garnish with toasted seeds or your favorite crunchy nuts. Enjoy!
Top view of a pot and a stand blender full of carrot celery soup before and after blending.

Recipe Notes

Ingredients & Substitutions

Olive oil, onion, and garlic: To build the flavor base.

Carrot and celery: We use chopped carrots and celery, and there is no need to peel the carrots if you are short on time. This carrot-celery soup can also be made with economical frozen carrots, and there is no need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Easy peasy!

Spices: I used easy, convenient pantry staples. Both cinnamon and ginger work so well with the carrots, while turmeric adds antioxidants and a bright yellow color, perfect for masking the greyish hue of the celery. You can skip the turmeric if you don’t have it but don’t skip the cinnamon.

Milk: A touch of plant-based milk adds extra texture and richness. I used oat milk, a staple in my house, but the recipe works with any milk you have, including coconut or cow milk, if you don’t keep it vegan.

Broth: You can use your favorite broth instead of low-sodium vegetable broth. Adjust the seasoning accordingly since some broth can be pretty salty.

Lemon juice: This is a staple, and its fresh flavor is brilliant to lighten up this spiced carrot and celery soup. Feel free to add more juice if you like.

Salt & pepper: I always recommend to season to taste before serving.

Close-up of a bowl full of creamy carrot and celery soup garnished with seeds and served with bread.

Leftovers & storage

This carrot and celery soup stays in the fridge for 3-4 days and freezes very well. You can easily double it and freeze half for later.

Close-up of a hand dipping some crusty seeded bread into a bowl full of carrot celery soup.

More vegan soups you’ll love!

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5 from 1 vote

Carrot and Celery Soup

This slightly spiced carrot and celery soup is flavored with ground ginger and cinnamon and brightened with fresh lemon. It's light, simple, and delicious.
The recipe yields 4 servings (1 cup each).
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: vegan, vegetarian
Keyword: carrot and celery soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Katia


  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion, diced (any colour is fine)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb (450 grams) carrots, peeled and chopped*
  • ½ lb (220 grams) celery, chopped
  • 2 ½ cups (600 ml) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup (240 ml) plant-based milk (or any favorite milk)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon Salt (or season to taste if use different broth)
  • 2-3 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, to serve (optional)


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the onion, and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, and cook for an extra minute until fragrant.
  • Stir in the chopped carrots and celery, add the broth, milk, spices, and salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover with a lid, and cook until tender (it takes between 15 and 20 minutes).
  • Turn the heat off and let it cool slightly. Transfer the soup to a stand blender, whizz just until smooth, then return it to the pot. You can also use a hand blender to puree the soup while it's in the pot. In both cases, please be careful, as the soup will still be hot.
  • Once the blended soup is back in the pot, stir in the lemon juice and taste to adjust the seasoning if needed. You might also want to add more fresh lemon juice to add more zing and freshness.
  • Serve with freshly ground black pepper, chopped fresh parsley, crusty bread, and toasted seeds if desired. Enjoy!


If you don’t have a kitchen scale, 1 pound of carrots is about 5 medium-sized carrots, while 1/2 pound of celery is about 4 medium-sized stalks.
Salt: Start with 1/2 or 3/4 teaspoon salt and then adjust the seasoning at the end of the cooking time, especially if you use chicken, beef, or regular vegetable broth rather than low-sodium broth, as you don’t know how salty the broth is.  
Nutrition facts: The nutrition values for one serving of soup made with oat milk and are based on an online nutrition calculator. It’s an estimate only and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Please see my disclosure policies. 


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 19168IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 1mg


  1. 5 stars
    Wonderful! Made as written except for omitting cinnamon. It’s a wonderful flavorful soup!!! I doubled the recipe and I’m so glad I did!

    1. That’s great, Janie! Believe me or not, I’ve made it for dinner tonight! : )
      Thanks so much for sharing your feedback. x

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