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Carrot Tarragon Soup makes a delicious lunch or side dish. This healthy carrot soup recipe is gluten free and full of highly nutritious ingredients. Adaptations for vegan included. It’s all so easy in your instant pot!

Miss Karen contributed this Carrot Tarragon Soup Recipe quite a while ago. Now that our garden fresh rainbow carrots are coming into the kitchen I HAD to get it made. So Kayti and I enjoyed a day in her kitchen with this fantastic and EASY recipe.

Carrot Tarragon soup has a beautiful flavor. It is Especially yummy when made from the freshest organic garden grown carrots you can find. I’m not being snotty, snooty or full of myself when I say local in season carrots are worth finding. Just. worth It.

This carrot soup recipe is a wonderful way to use up your amazing garden harvest carrots. Especially if your carrots get a bit kinky, if you know what I mean. The uglies make perfect soup.

Carrot Tarragon Soup garnished with fresh tarragon and cream.

My sister in law Brigitte (A fellow foodie. Try her German Cabbage Rolls for a special treat!) came and pulled carrots in our garden with Dave last week. She said “They SMELL like carrots” (and taste divine) She buys her carrots in the grocery and was amazed at the difference.

Your farmers markets, friendly neighborhood gardener, your own back yard or a food co-op with locally sourced (if possible) flavorful carrots like these rainbows add a HUGE flavor boost to this soup. Just Sayin. You can use any ole carrots to make this soup.

Carrot Tarragon Soup Recipe:

If you’ve never made carrot soup it may surprise you that it’s sweet. The carrots and orange, especially the organic fresh ones will be even a bit sweeter and more full of flavor. The Tarragon adds a great counterpoint to this sweetness as does the garlic and onions. I threw a bit of ginger in my soup because I like the added bite. So I put it in as an optional ingredient for you ??

Karen’s original recipe is made on the stovetop and I made mine in my instant pot. So I’ve included both recipe instructions for you in the printable recipe card.

This is an incredibly easy recipe to make your own. I chose to make a double batch in the instant pot so I used two quarts of chicken broth and increased the carrots. I adjusted the rest of the ingredients to taste. Easy peasy.

Let us know how you enjoy this carrot soup. We love it for lunch or a light side or dinner with a hearty salad. Delish!

To Make this soup Vegan or Vegetarian:

Easily done with the following alterations:

Replace the chicken broth with a good low sodium vegetable broth

Replace the butter (if vegan) with avocado or coconut oil

Garnish with full fat coconut milk instead of heavy cream for vegan

We garnished this soup with fresh tarragon leaves and heavy cream for fun. This soup can be eaten without any extras or with whatever non dairy milks you have on hand.

Yield: 7 cups


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Carrot Tarragon Soup makes a delicious lunch or side dish. This healthy carrot soup recipe is gluten free and full of highly nutritious ingredients. Adaptations for vegan included. It's all so easy in your instant pot!


Sauté onions and garlic in a large sauce pan until onions are soft but not browned.

Add chicken broth, carrots and tarragon. Cover and let simmer about half an hour. In a food processor puree the soup a portion at a time, until smooth.

Return the soup to the saucepan and add white pepper. Stir in orange juice to give soup desired consistency. Salt, to taste.


Prep the vegetables

Set the instant pot to saute on medium heat.(default setting)

Add oil. Once the oil is hot (not burned) Saute onions, Ginger (if using) and garlic until onions are translucent.

Press the cancel button.

Add the broth, carrots and tarragon.

Seal the instant pot lid and press the soup function.

Quick release.

Remove the solids from the instant pot (I used a ladle and sieve to separate them)

Mash the solids or puree them in a food processor.

Adjust the consistency of the soup to taste by removing 2 Cups of the liquids from the pot before adding in the puree.

Return the puree into the soup liquid in the instant pot and whisk together.

Add the white pepper and orange juice.

Now whisk in the remaining liquids to adjust the consistency of the soup to your preferences.


Fresh Cream or non dairy milk

Chopped Tarragon or parsley


Karin's stovetop method allows for evaporation which the instant pot does not. So the actual quantities are a bit different. That is reflected in the nutritional app where I used the instant pot proportions.

The Best Healthy Fast Food Options

Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.

Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.

In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.

Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.

1. Subway

Sandwich with cheese and vegetables

One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.

Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.

Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.

A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.

Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.

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2. Taco Bell

Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.

According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.

One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.

Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.

3. Chipotle

Vegetable burritos

Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.

Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.

Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.

For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.

4. McDonald's

McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.

Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.

5. Burger King

Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.

It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.

BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.

6. Wendy

Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate

Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.

Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.

The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.

Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.

With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes

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