Want comfort food without having to feel guilty? Here is your new favorite Roasted Red Pepper & Carrot Soup. This vegan and gluten-free soup has deep, bold flavors from roasting red peppers and carrots. Make this easy soup in the instant pot or stovetop.

Roasted Carrot and Red Pepper Soup in a bowl garnished with sesame seeds and cilantro

I love soups, especially on cold winter evenings.  They give such a warm, comforting feeling.  This Roasted Carrot and Bell Pepper Soup has a lot of flavors and is very nutritious.

The rich flavor in this soup comes from roasting carrots and red peppers. You can use any color of bell pepper, but red is preferred to get the deep red color. You can make this soup in the instant pot or on the stovetop.

When I served this soup to my husband, he thought it had loads of tomatoes, looking at the color. But just the carrots and red peppers give it such a great color and taste that you would not want to stop eating it.

The hardest part is waiting to roast the veggies to make this soup. But trust me, you will not mind the extra time it takes to roast the red peppers after tasting this soup.

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Nutrient packed Carrots & Red Peppers

Bell peppers, also called sweet peppers or capsicums, are low in calories and rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, making them a great addition to a healthy diet.

Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, and antioxidants.  These primary ingredients make this a very nutritious meal.

Ingredients

This soup uses essential ingredients that you can easily have in your pantry.

Olive Oil: Used for drizzling over the veggies when roasting them.

Onion: I prefer to use yellow onions in this soup.

Garlic: Freshly minced garlic cloves add wonderful flavor to the soup.

Carrot: The star ingredient of this soup, along with bell peppers. Use whole carrots or baby carrots. I like to peel them before roasting.

Red Bell Pepper: I used fresh bell peppers and roasted them in the oven along with the carrots. You can also buy roasted red peppers in a can or jar. Fire-roasted bell peppers would work well too.

Broth: I use vegetable broth to keep this soup vegan. Feel free to use any broth you have on hand.

Seasoning: I used a basic seasoning of salt, pepper, and cumin in this soup. Feel free to adjust the seasoning to your liking. Add some paprika for heat. Use garam masala for a deeper flavor instead of ground cumin. You can also add herbs to taste, such as basil or thyme.

How to make Red Pepper & Carrot Soup in Instant Pot?

There are two main steps to making this soup – Roasting and cooking.

Roast Carrots & Red Peppers

Cut the red peppers into half, remove the seeds, and place them face down on a large baking tray.

Peel the carrots and place them along with the red peppers. Drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil and sprinkle salt over them.

Red bell peppers and carrots on a sheet pan with olive oil to roast

Roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven & let them cool.

Roasted red peppers and carrots on a baking tray

Peel the blackened portion from the red peppers. You can transfer the warm red peppers to a container with a lid. Shake and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. This makes it easier to remove the peels.

Roasted Carrots and peeled roasted red peppers on a baking tray

If you prefer, you can also roast the veggies in the air fryer. Here is my air fryer carrots recipe.

Cooking the Soup in Instant Pot

  • Sauté garlic and onions in the instant pot for a few minutes.
  • Add the roasted red pepper and carrots to the instant pot. Add the spices, bay leaf, and broth.
  • Pressure cook for a few minutes in the instant pot. Then, let the pressure release naturally and open the lid.

Cooking the Soup on Stovetop

  • Add oil to a large dutch oven or heavy bottom pot over medium heat. Saute the onions and garlic.
  • Add the roasted red pepper and carrots. Add the spices, bay leaf, and broth.
  • Bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat and simmer.
  • Then, turn off the heat and follow the finishing steps.

Finishing Steps

  • Then, remove the bay leaf and blend to get a smooth texture using an immersion blender. You can also transfer it to a blender such as Vitamix to blend it. Make sure the ingredients are cooled before blending.
  • The soups looked so rich, even though I added no cream.  Some days you want to indulge, so add heavy cream (or coconut milk for vegan) if you like.
  • Garnish with cilantro or parsley leaves.
Roasted Red Pepper Carrot Soup - Instant Pot

Pro-Tips

Roasted Red Pepper Soup: If you like, skip the carrots and make roasted red pepper soup. Add some San Marzano tomatoes to the soup if you like the flavor.

Blend: It is best to blend the soup completely smooth. Use an immersion or countertop blender, but make sure to blend smoothly.

How to Serve?

We love to add toppings to soups. Add a spoonful of Greek yogurt or cream if you like. Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds.

You can have this soup as a complete meal with some crusty bread or grilled cheese for dipping. Or pair it with a salad. We love this healthy chickpea salad or rotini pasta salad.

How to Store?

Let the soup cool down completely. Then store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for u to 4 days.

This soup has no cream or cheese. Hence it will freeze well in freezer-safe containers or bags for up to 3 months.

Roasted Red Pepper and Carrot Soup served in two bowls

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Vegan Roasted Carrot and Red Pepper Soup

A healthy and delicious roasted red pepper & carrot soup made in the instant pot or stovetop. This vegan and gluten free soup has deep bold flavors from roasting the red peppers and carrots. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 3

Ingredients 

  • 4 Carrot
  • 2 Red pepper, cut in to large pieces, remove stem and seeds
  • 1/2 Onion, cut into large pieces
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil, divided
  • 3 cups Vegetable Broth, or Water

Spices

To finish

  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper, (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon Cilantro, to garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame seeds, to garnish (optional)

Instructions 

Roasting the veggies:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place carrots and red peppers (cut side down) on a large baking tray in a single layer. Drizzle some olive oil over the tray and sprinkle some salt.
  • Roast in oven for 30 mins. Remove from oven. Let the peppers cool, so you can peel the blackened skin. You can also transfer the peppers to a bowl with  lid on. Shake and let them rest for 5-10 minutes. This will make it easier to remove the skin. 

Stovetop Method

  • Add oil to a large dutch oven or heavy bottom pot over medium heat. Saute the onions and garlic. 
  • Add the roasted red pepper and carrots. Add the spices, bay leaf, and broth.
  • Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Then turn off the heat and follow the finishing steps.

Instant Pot Method

  • Start the instant pot in sauté mode and let it heat. Add olive oil, bay leaf, garlic and onions. Let them saute for about 3 minutes. 
  • Add the roasted carrots, red peppers and broth. Add ground cumin and salt. Press cancel and close lid with the vent in sealing position. 
  • Start the instant pot on manual or pressure cook mode for 3 minutes. When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally. 

Finishing

  • Remove the bay leaf. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup to a smooth consistency. Add black pepper to taste.  (Note: You can also can also transfer to a blender such as a vitamix. Make sure the soup is cooled down)
  • Garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds. Soup is ready to be enjoyed.

Notes

  • You can also use garam masala for a deeper flavor instead of ground cumin. 
  • This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Pressure Cooker. 

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1776mgPotassium: 470mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 16600IUVitamin C: 108.7mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 0.6mg

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
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I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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35 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend! I saw a comment about milk or cream, but didn’t see any in the recipe. Should I add milk or coconut cream to the soup? Thanks!

    1. Hi Alex – I did not add any milk or cream to this recipe. I think it tases great on it’s own. However if you prefer a creamier texture, you can definitely add coconut milk or cream to it. Hope you enjoy the soup!

    1. Hi Joann – Sure, you can make it in a pot on stovetop. You might need an extra cup of broth on the stovetop. Just boil, then simmer the ingredients in place of pressure cooking for about 15-20 minutes. Then blend the soup to a smooth consistency. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. This is a great, easy soup, and it’s easy to double the recipe. I like to roast a few jalapenos with the peppers and carrots, just for a little kick. The soup is delicious and creamy on it’s own, but adding a few crumbles of feta (or goat cheese, or gorgonzola) with richen it up a little more. Wonderful recipe!

  3. I am in the process of making this. Are there any other tricks to peeling the skin from the bell peppers? I gave up after 30 minutes of trying to peel the thin skins off!

    1. Hello – After roasting the bell peppers, it should be easy to remove the skin. If it is taking effort, then I would think they may not roasted well enough. Please let me know if there was any confusion with the recipe instructions.

  4. I make this soup recipe atleast once a month & it is liked by all! Very easy vegan soup recipe!

    Thank you pipingpotcurry for the recipe!

  5. Would love to make this soup tonight but was wondering can we also add any other color bell peppers to it?