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Creamy Rutabaga Carrot Soup

Rutabaga carrot soup tastes sweet and delightfully creamy. Rutabaga, carrots and onion are simmered in a pot with broth and then blended into a flavorful puree.

roasted rutabaga carrot soup in a white bowl with a sprinkle of pepper and chopped parsley in the center.

We love cozy Fall soup recipes like our bacon and squash soup, turmeric ginger carrot soup, and of course this rutabaga carrot soup! You’ll be surprised at how much sweetness carrots can add to this simple recipe.

Easy Rutabaga Carrot Soup Recipe

I’m a big fan of creamy pureed vegetable soups. They are one of my favorite recipes to batch prep for an easy healthy lunch throughout the week. I’ve been alternating between carrot tomato soup and roasted cauliflower soup, but this rutabaga carrot soup is definitely a new favorite!

This soup is very creamy. The carrots add the perfect sweetness that balances out the rutabaga. An entire batch of this soup will cost less than $4.00. It’s budget-friendly, healthy and delicious. What more could you want?

pureed rutabaga soup in a white bowl with two large raw rutabagas in the background

Recipe Ingredients

Below is everything you’ll need to make this creamy rutabaga carrot soup from scratch. Be sure to view the recipe card at the bottom for full ingredient details.

  • Rutabaga – You’ll need 1 large rutabaga which will be peeled and chopped into similar size pieces. This will make about 4 cups of soup.
  • Carrots – Three carrots are peeled and chopped and add sweetness to the soup.
  • Onion – You’ll need 1/2 of an onion.
  • Vegetable Broth – You can use a 32 oz carton of vegetable broth. Chicken broth will also work.
  • Coconut Milk – 1/2 cup of coconut milk is used for creaminess. You can also use regular heavy cream.
  • Other Bits – You’ll also need minced garlic, plus salt and pepper to season.
Close up of the pureed orange soup with pepper and chopped parsley and a spoon

Pro Tip: For a vegetarian soup, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Use canned coconut cream instead of heavy cream (made from dairy). See the recipe card below for full details.

Soup Toppings

We love serving this pureed soup with toppings for extra flavor. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top of the serving bowl, add crispy bacon or top with roasted chickpeas.

Here are some more easy ideas for rutabaga carrot soup:

  • Pepitas – roasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • Crackers – crushed ritz crackers or crushed tortilla chips
  • Chili – red pepper flakes or chili powder
  • Herbs – Fresh thyme or parsley

How To Make Rutabaga Carrot Soup

First, the rutabaga is roasted. Then the soup is simmered and pureed. For full instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the recipe card.

Here’s an overview of how to make the rutabaga carrot soup:

  1. Roast The Rutabaga – Peel and chop the rutabaga into small pieces similar in size. Toss with cooking oil, salt and pepper then lay flat on a baking sheet to roast for 40 minutes at 400°F.
  2. Sautee The Vegetables – Add the onions and minced garlic to a large pot with a bit of oil. Cook until the onions turn translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Add in the carrots and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Simmer The Soup – Add the rest of the ingredients and let the soup simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Puree – Add the soup to a blender in 2-3 separate batches. Blend until the soup is smooth and creamy. Pour into a large bowl, then repeat the process with the rest of the soup. If you don’t have a blender, you can also use a food processor or immersion blender.
  5. Serve – Ladle your soup into bowls and top with your favorite garnishes.

Pro Tip: A high-powered blender works best for pureeing your soup recipes. Be sure to leave an opening in the lid (there is usually a center piece that can be removed) to allow for hot air to escape. Always blend in smaller batches and never fill the blender more than halfway. If you don’t have a blender, you can use an immersion blender or a food processor.

Common Questions

Can I use milk instead of cream?

Milk doesn’t have the same thickness that heavy cream or coconut cream has. If you’re going to try the soup with milk, consider using milk with a higher fat content like whole milk or 3%.

Can I skip roasting the rutabaga?

Yes you can, however, the roasting the rutabaga brings out the best flavors. It also helps to soften them and cuts down on soup simmering time.

Does this soup freeze well?

We find that soups with dairy or coconut cream don’t freeze nicely so we don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

What To Serve With Rutabaga Carrot Soup

This creamy soup can be served as a side dish or starter for any dinner recipe out there. It also makes the perfect comforting bowl for lunch with a sandwich. Consider serving this cozy bowl of soup with:

roasted rutabaga carrot soup in a white bowl with a silver spoon and kitchen towel beside it

Storing The Soup

Leftovers make the perfect lunch and keep really well in the fridge. Here’s how to store the soup for best results:

  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just give it a good stir as the liquid separates a bit.
  • Do Not Freeze – Typically soups with any sort of cream do not freeze well. It is best to keep this soup in the fridge.
  • To Reheat – Reheat rutabaga carrot soup on the stove covered with a pot. This can also be reheated in the microwave covered with a paper towel and stirred halfway through to prevent it from splattering.

We love this easy creamy soup recipe because it’s healthy and delightfully sweet tasting thanks to the carrots. Rutabaga adds a unique bitter taste in contrast. It’s the perfect cozy soup using root vegetables to warm up with this Fall.

More Soup Recipes

This chilly weather means it’s officially soup season. Nothing beats a bowl of comforting soup to warm up with. Here are some more ideas:

Rutabaga Carrot Soup

Rutabaga carrot soup tastes sweet and delightfully creamy. Rutabaga, carrots and onion are simmered in a pot with broth and then blended into a flavorful puree.
Print Pin Recipe
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled and chopped - about 4 cups
  • ½ onion - chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 3 carrots - peeled and chopped
  • 32 oz vegetable broth - or chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream - or coconut milk
  • salt and pepper - to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Peel and chop the rutabaga into small chunks. Add to a large bowl and drizzle cooking oil over top. Season with salt and pepper. Toss until it's evenly coated.
  • Add the rutabaga to a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 40 minutes.
  • You'll know when rutabaga will be done when golden on the edges and soft when poked with a fork.
  • In a large pot over medium high heat, sautee the garlic and onion with a bit of cooking oil. Cook until onions turn translucent, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the carrots, and sautee for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients: roasted rutabaga, vegetable broth, heavy cream (or coconut cream). Season with salt and pepper.
  • Let soup simmer for about 20 minutes. Check that the carrots have softened by poking them with a fork.
  • In small batches, pour the soup into a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy, then add to a large bowl. Repeat until all soup is pureed.
    Note: If you don't have a blender you can also use a food processor or immersion blender.
  • Season with more salt and pepper and serve.

Recipe Notes:

Storage: This soup will store well in the fridge for up to one week. Just give it a good stir before as liquid separates a bit. 
The soup can be reheated in the microwave for 2-3 minutes (stir halfway through) or heat on the stove.
Nutrition
Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7646IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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