“Feel good” comfort soup

by Kiran on November 18, 2011 · 65 comments

in Sides, Soups

Hi y’all! It’s Friday, so I bet you would be busy making fun plans for the weekend.

We are fine. Scratch that. I am fine. Can’t say the same for the Husband though. He has been unwell ever since our road trip to Atlanta last weekend.

Poor thing 🙁

It’s not easy preparing meal for under-the-weather loved ones. There is a lot to consider – weak taste-buds, appetite, restrictions etc. But one thing that surely comforts ’bouts of cough, cold and raging fever is SOUP.

Soups are so versatile and easy to make. I could seriously survive on this SOUP all day & year long. No joke.

Times like this surely makes us miss Moms famous chicken soup. We didn’t had any meat on hand, so I opted to try my BFF’s recipe. A simple yet flavorful potatoes and carrot soup.

I am salivating just thinking about this soup. Can’t promise how long I would last with all the drool.

But then again, I’ve got to wipe off the drool & finish writing up this blog post to go check on the Husband. Wifey duties here is around the clock y’all. No joke.

By the way, styling soup is not an easy task. Phew!!!

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  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots + 2 large potatoes, shredded using a food processor
  • 6 cups of hot water
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp herb de provence
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 fully ripened tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt + pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large & deep pot on low and add olive oil. Wait to heat, before adding chopped onions. Cook until translucent.
  2. Add shredded carrots and potatoes. Cook for a few minutes.
  3. Stream in hot water, crank up the heat to medium and cover to simmer.
  4. Add  fresh thyme, herb de provence, dried basil and chopped tomatoes. Cover and continue to simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove cover every now and then to stir. Sprinkle in some ginger paste and lemon juice. Add salt & pepper to taste. Stir to combine & simmer until thickened.
  6. Remove from heat, plate and drizzle on some extra virgin olive oil.
  7. Serve hot with some crusty bread on the side to mop up the deliciousness!


Off to check on the Husband and here’s hoping he gets well soon enough to enjoy the weekend. Y’all have a great weekend for us. Promise? 🙂

What is your favorite “under the weather” comfort food that soothes the mind, body and soul?

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1 magiceye November 18, 2011 at 8:13 PM

that soup looks great!
get well soon wishes to your husband!
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2 Kiran November 23, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Thanks a lot for the well wishes – he is doing fine 🙂

3 Reem | Simply Reem November 19, 2011 at 12:40 AM

This absolutely looks like a great tasting soup and you have definitely styled it well my dear…
I hope your husband feel better soon…

4 Kiran November 23, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Oh, thanks a lot honey – he is feeling much better 🙂

5 balvinder November 19, 2011 at 1:12 AM

Indeed its comforting!
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6 kankana November 19, 2011 at 7:20 AM

I agree styling soup is not easy but you did a good job! Hope your husband feels better soon 🙂
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7 Kiran November 23, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Thanks for the well wishes dear – The Husband is doing well 🙂

8 Seema November 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM

SOOOOOO simple and looking yummy, Thanks for sharing the recipe.

9 Kiran November 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Glad you love this recipe – give it a try and let me know how it tastes 🙂

10 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Thanks honey – glad you liked this recipe. It’s so simple and comforting. Perfect for cold days 🙂

11 Ameena November 20, 2011 at 11:23 AM

I love that you “style” your soup. I can barely style myself!

It looks delicious! I hope that it helped your hubby feel better.

12 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Thanks honey – styling soup was mainly for the blog. Otherwise, I am not a styler either 😉 The Husband is feeling much better, thanks 🙂

13 Melanie @ Melanie Cooks November 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Looks like a very warm and comforting soup!
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14 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Thanks honey – it’s a very fresh soup with wholesome ingredients 🙂

15 mycookinghut November 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Really a nice good bowl of comfort soup!
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16 Harsha November 21, 2011 at 1:45 AM

The soup looks yum! Lovely captures dear. The pic with the spoon over masala is beautiful. 😀
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17 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Thank you so much my dear – I am still in awe about you and Seema ( a mother-daughter combo )! Mind blowing 😀

18 Harsha November 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Hehe! 😀 Yeah, I read your comment at mom’s blog. That’s so sweet! Thanks much dear 🙂
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19 Kiran November 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM

You are welcome, honey.. I am still astounded 😀

20 Simply Life November 21, 2011 at 2:07 AM

hope hubby feels better soon – this soup looks like the perfect remedy!
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21 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 8:40 PM

He is feeling much better, thanks!

ps. I am still working on the guest post 😀 Just couldn’t find enough time to sit down and complete it in one go!

22 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 21, 2011 at 5:01 AM

What lovely meal to make for an ailing one! I hope that he gets better soon!

23 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Thanks a lot honey – I am glad the Husband is doing well now 🙂

24 Hotly Spiced November 21, 2011 at 5:50 AM

Your soup looks great and I just love your serving plates.
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25 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Thanks a lot for the compliments – I got the serving plates from Marshalls and it was a steal 😉

26 Von November 21, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Hope your husband gets better soon!! 🙂 This soup looks so tasty I’m sure it’d make him feel better! Now I want some!
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27 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Thanks a lot dear – the Husband is much better 🙂 Try this simple and comforting soup and let me know how it tastes!

28 Nik S November 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM

This looks deliciously warm and hearty, hope your husband gets well soon!

29 Angie@Angiesrecipes November 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM

That’s a bowl of comfort and deliciousness!
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30 Biana | Simple and Tasty Recipes November 21, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Hope your hubby feels better soon!

This soup looks great, simple and tasty.
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31 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Thanks a lot dear – the Husband is doing well 🙂

32 sophia November 21, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Aw, hope your husband feels better soon! But I’ll bet that soup can rejuvenate anyone. Just looking at it makes me feel like I’m exuding with well being! 🙂
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33 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Thanks so much dear – the Husband is doing well!
You made our day so much more wonderful by exuding such thoughtful comments 🙂 *hugs*

34 anh@anhsfoodblog.com November 21, 2011 at 10:11 PM

delicious! A “feel good” soup for sure.
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35 Ann November 22, 2011 at 1:04 AM

The soup looks amazing! I’m with you – I could live off of soup! I hope you hubby feels better, too.

Your pictures are absolutely stunning! I wouldn’t worry about styling…you’ve nailed it!
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36 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for those wonderful words of encouragements! The Husband is feeling better, thank you 🙂 Have a Happy Thanksgiving, honey…

37 Nava Krishnan November 22, 2011 at 1:39 AM

Very nice thick soup kiran and that pairing with the bread is simply perfect.
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38 Khushboo November 22, 2011 at 2:14 AM

Soup and oatmeal are my go-to sick foods…always fill me with warmth! This soup sounds extremely comforting too, hope it was served with some chili flakes to open up any blocked noses! Hope the husband is feeling better :)!…and you take fabulous photos, my dear!

39 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Thanks a lot dear – the Husband is feeling much better!
Unfortunately, he had a very nasty and bruised sore-throat, so chili flakes was a big NO. He definitely inhaled all the fumes from the soups that I’ve been serving, to open up those nasal passages 😀

40 Katherine Martinelli November 22, 2011 at 3:20 AM

I hope your hubby feels better soon! This soup looks delicious, and you did a beautiful job styling it!
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41 Kiran November 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Thanks a lot, honey – the Husband is definitely feeling better 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

42 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 22, 2011 at 3:21 AM

I’m sorry to hear he’s not feeling well. I’m sure this soup helped lift his spirits, it sounds so nice and comforting.
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43 Kiran November 26, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Thanks honey – the Husband is feeling much better 🙂

44 Heavenly Housewife November 22, 2011 at 8:02 AM

So sorry to hear that your husband is under the weather, he is a lucky man though to have you making this beautiful soup for him.
Be sure to remind him when he is feeling better 😉
*kisses* HH
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45 Kiran November 26, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Thanks a lot love – I read this comment to the Husband and he just smiled, ear to ear 😀

46 Rosa November 22, 2011 at 9:58 AM

What a delicious and healthy soup! I hope your husband is feeling better now…



47 Kiran November 26, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Thanks honey, the Husband is feeling better 🙂

48 Kelly @ Inspired Edibles November 22, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Comfort soup indeed… I understand the long survival on this dish 🙂 wonderful ingredients. So warming and hearty without being heavy. Perfect as the temperatures continue to cool down. Love your spoon!
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49 Kiran November 26, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Thanks a lot dear – I love hearty and comforting soups for the cooler temperatures. I bought the spoon at an antique store for a few cents. So worth it 😀

50 Gayatri November 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Ahhh soup! It looks so delicious & comforting, given the weather. I hope your husband feels better soon. You’re such a good wife, taking care of him & all that 🙂
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51 Kiran November 26, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Aren’t we all? 😉 The Husband is doing well, thank you!

52 Annapet November 22, 2011 at 6:33 PM

I hope your husband is well already.

Thank you for sharing this soup with us virtually. I feel the same with hearty soups. What beautiful photos ;-).
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53 Kiran November 26, 2011 at 11:59 PM

The Husband is doing well- thank you for the concern & wonderful compliments 🙂

54 Ira Rodrigues November 22, 2011 at 10:34 PM

oh, i never know what is the herb de provence look like, i sure will browse around. i just love the recipe and the look of your soup 😉
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55 Kiran November 27, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Herb de provence is a standard mixture of dried herbs that typically contains savory, fennel, basil, thyme and lavender flower. Do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes 🙂

56 Shen @ JustOneCookbook November 23, 2011 at 12:06 AM

I agree with you styling soup is not easy but you did an amazing job. Hope your hubby feel better soon and have a great Thanksgiving.

57 Kiran November 27, 2011 at 12:07 AM

Thanks a lot – the Husband is feeling better! Hope you & the family had a very Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

58 Olga @ MangoTomato November 27, 2011 at 4:44 PM

The soup is gorgeous. I’m sure the ginger paste gives it a lovely kick!
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59 Kiran December 2, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Thanks a lot dear — the soup has a hint of spiciness from ginger. So good 🙂

60 chinmayie @ love food eat November 29, 2011 at 5:13 AM

Soup looks so good! I am also live on soup 🙂 Bangalore weather right now is perfect for soup… will try this recipe.

61 Kiran December 2, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting! It’s winter here, soups are making a regular appearance 🙂

62 Nami | Just One Cookbook December 6, 2011 at 2:57 AM

Hi Kiran,

I missed this post, so I’m here now. I’ve been trying all kinds of soup for fun and this one looks delicious! I love your step by step pictures… they look so elegant (maybe the lighting).
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63 Kiran December 8, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Thanks a lot sweetie — I am glad it’s winter when we can all enjoy bowls of soup every now and then 🙂 You are right about lighting — a great factor in food photography.

64 Trisha Vaughn December 9, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Thank you for sharing this soup with us virtually. I’m sorry to hear he’s not feeling well. He is feeling much better, thanks!
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