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Chipotle Carrot Soup – Alison Mountford

By Alison Mountford, contributing chef




1 onion

1 clove garlic

2 teaspoon unsalted butter

1 pound carrot

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 can chipotle peppers in adobo

4 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 15-ounce can coconut milk


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Heat butter in a large pot and add the onion and garlic.

Wash the carrots well and you can probably leave them unpeeled. If they are really large or dry, peel them to reduce bitterness. Trim the stem end off and chop into 1” chunks. Add to the onions and sauté for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the cumin, oregano and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook for 30 seconds. Add the stock and turn to high to bring to a boil. Add in 2 – 3 chipotle chili peppers from a can and between 1 teaspoon and 1 Tablespoon of adobo sauce, depending on how spicy you like it (you can add more later but you can’t take it away).

Once boiling, reduce to medium high and simmer for about 20 – 25 minutes or until the carrots are completely tender.


When ready, use a stick blender to puree the soup. Or transfer in batches to a traditional blender and puree. Stir in the coconut milk during this time. Taste and add more salt if needed.

OPTIONAL – Garnish with granola or chopped herbs

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Chef Alison Mountford is the founder of Ends+Stems – which is a meal planning membership and recipe website to reduce food waste. “Chef Alison” also hosts a series of online courses for easier weeknight meals and feeding picky eaters with less stress. Alison began in 2005 as a personal chef and caterer in San Francisco but she recently returned home to Rhode Island!

She is passionate about helping families eat well together, with less frustration. Alison is often hired as a speaker to share about household food waste, feeding busy families, and sustainability in the kitchen; she’s appeared many times on The Rhode Show and other podcasts and webinars.

Alison is also the Market Coordinator at Hope & Main – Rhode Island only culinary incubator – where she loves helping new food businesses expand their social media, brand, and increase sales at the farmer’s markets!