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Moroccan-Spiced Carrot Soup

Soup at a stand-up affair? It’s possible—and perfectly elegant —when you serve it in demitasse cups or shot glasses. Recipe from Gisele Perez, Small Pleasures Catering, Los Angeles.



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2 Tbs. unsalted butter
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2 large onions, chopped (about 3 cups)
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2 large red bell peppers, diced (about 3 cups)
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8 cloves garlic, minced (2 ½ Tbs.)
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3 medium-size carrots, diced
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1 small russet potato, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
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6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
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1 ¼ cups tomato sauce (about 10 oz.)
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2 ½ tsp. harissa
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2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish


  1. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, peppers and garlic, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft, stirring often.  
  2. Add carrots and potato and cook 4 to 5 minutes more, or until potatoes begin to brown. 
  3. Add broth, tomato sauce, harissa and 2 tsp. thyme. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 30 minutes, or until potatoes and carrots are soft.
  4. Transfer mixture in small batches to blender or food processor, or use an immersion blender, and purée until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot in demitasse cups or shot glasses, garnished with crème fraîche and thyme leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Information: 

1 g
Total Fat: 
1 g
Saturated Fat: 
5 g
2 mg
141 mg
1 g
2 g
Serves 10 (makes 30 demitasse servings)

Comments on this Recipe

What is harissa?

Harissa is a hot chili sauce =)

Very tasty! Spiciness was perfect.

Easy to make and freezes well. I did reduce the harissa to about 2 tsp -- but you can adjust however to the heat you like.