This creamy Zanzibar carrot-tomato soup is an African Inspired type of dairy free bisque. Made with simple wholesome ingredients such as peeled tomatoes, yellow carrots, spices, herbs, coconut milk, and a curry or chili paste. It’s quick to make and naturally paleo and vegan. A soup for any season!
Do not judge. First of all I am posting on a Holiday, Labor day. I know, that’s Labor. At least it’s a labor of LOVE. And two, I made soup; creamy dreamy oh so delicious carrot-tomato soup. Ya, it’s not even Fall nor is it cold here. But y’all, it is SOOOOO tomato season and carrot season and I kinda sorta think this is the perfect end of Summer welcome Fall Tomato Soup. It’s soothing yet refreshing. It’s comforting yet nourishing. It’s flavorful yet UBER simple and easy to make. So ya, you cannot judge me for making soup when it’s 90F. Ok? Just go with. Plus, I have a major love for African spices and food since working at the orphanage. That should bring your judgement down a bit, yes?
Okay but really, this African Inspired Zanzibar Carrot-Tomato Soup has so many wonderful healing nourishing ingredients, not to mention creamy deliciousness. I think you will love getting a jump start on soup season. Although, Summer Soups do exist.. ahem like my Vegan Cream of Corn Soup. Just sayin..
You see, this has been my go to soup for healing. Ya, I kinda went crazy with work and overloaded myself the past 4 months. Stepping back to slow down more and rest is key for me in September. I have 2 vacations planned. LOL! It might be a little selfish and I”m okay with that. Lesson learned.
But let’s refocus on the recipe we got going on here. Mmm k?
- Oh so lovely Tomatoes (whole peeled work best). Love me some Lycopene!
- Carrots -> the more variety the better. I choose yellow and orange but I think adding purple carrots would be divine!
- Onion – did you know green onion is rich in biotin and quercetin, which you know I love! Quecertin helps fight oxidative stress. WOOHOO! See my quercetin rich smoothie.
- Coconut Milk – A dose of healthy fats.
- African Inspired Spices and Sauces – Curry sauce or chili sauce, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, a pinch of cloves. All full of Anti-inflammatory properties, healing, and soothing for the body!
- Almond butter for extra creaminess. And a dose of Vitamin E.
- Veggie Broth
- Toppings – Crushed nuts, fresh herbs (parsley or cilantro both are lovely), lime, red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of olive oil.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Linz, why is this specifically Zanzibar soup?” LOL, ya good question. Zanzibar is that little island off the eastern coastline of Tanzania, and while I’ve never been there, I have been to Zambia and South Africa. I also have friends from East Africa (the Coast) and lucky for me, they were willing share their favorite cooking tips and recipes with me. Zanzibar food is VERY similar to the food I had in Zambia; real food ingredients just a tad lighter in spices and texture. But yes, I totally “Americanized” it, but just a wee bit!
Another favorite African-Inspired soup mix that’s on my list to make is Urojo Soup, which has turmeric, green and red chilies, mango, potato, and topped with chutney and potato shavings. Basically all my favorite food and spices, like whoa! Google it. Or better yet, maybe I will just make it soon. The traditional soup is quite the process, but I’m sure it’s worth it.
Zanzibar Carrot-Tomato Soup (Vegan)
Creamy African Inspired Zanzibar Carrot-Tomato Soup (Vegan, Paleo)
- 4-5 green onions, stem only (or 1/4 c chopped white)
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- Two 6 inch carrots- chopped
- 10 ounces of vegetable broth (extra for mixing starch)
- One 28 ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 to 2 tbsp Lime Juice (or 1/2 of a Lime)
- 1 tbsp Almond butter
- 1 tsp kosher Salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground Cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground Ginger
- 2 tbsp Red curry paste or spicy chili paste
- 1/2 cup Coconut milk lite
- 1-2. Tbsp Arrowroot starch or corn starch (not paleo) mixed with water or non dairy milk. (see notes)
- 1/4 tsp Onion powder
- Sea salt and Pepper to taste
- Fresh Parsley or oregano
- Red pepper flakes to garnish
- Olive Oil to drizzle
- 3 tbsp Crushed roasted almonds nuts
- sliced lime
- crushed black pepper to sprinkle
- 1 large carrot; spiralized or ribbon-cut
Place onion, oil, and chopped carrots in stock pot. Cook in pan on medium heat for 5-8 minutes or until onions are browned and carrots softened.
Add 10 ounces of vegetable broth and your
28 ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes. Mix and simmer 5 minutes.
Next add your almond, butter, salt/pepper, spices, chili paste,and coconut milk. Bring to a light boil then reduce and simmer for 10 minutes.
Carefully transfer soup into a blender (or Vitamix) and puree until creamy. You can also use a hand blender.
Place pureed soup back in the stock pot.
Add the onion powder and arrowroot “slurry” (see notes) and cook on medium low, whisking, for another 5 minutes. You don’t want arrowroot starch to cook too long with the soup. It best to add last.
If using corn starch, you can add it sooner and cooker longer and it thickens food quickly and at higher temperatures and won’t break down.
Taste and adjust salt/spices if needed.
Serve with toppings of choice.
Optional cooked chicken or shrimp will boost protein!
Spiralized veggie Noodles of choice to garnish. This adds more texture.
Store in fridge covered for up to 5 days or freeze.
For the slurry. Mix the arrowroot into a 1/2 c of a cold liquid (water or non-dairy milk) and whisk until smooth. If using arrowroot starch, add after blending.
220 calories; 14 grams of fat; 6 grams saturated fat; 21 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams of fiber; 4 grams of sugar; 5 grams of protein. 13% iron 35 % Vitamin C
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In the meantime, I suggest you make this quick African Inspired Carrot Tomato soup. Add it to your soup season menu plan. It will keep that immune system top notch and taste buds happy! Plus I’m pretty sure it will become a staple soup recipe like it is in our house too. I may be bias, but I’m sticking with that mindset, Cool?
Hit me up with more soups to add to the menu this season. That is, after you enjoy your Monday off. Mmm k?
Tomato soup lovers, what would you pair with this? Rice, potatoes, chicken? I’m game!