Carrot Celery Soup

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vegan carrot celery soup decorating to look like a red panda

Organic vegan soup from scratch can be quick and easy. Or if you have more time, decorate your carrot and celery soup to look like a cute red panda. Hints of ginger and miso bring a depth of flavor to this healthy homemade soup.

This recipe makes 2 large bowls of soup for entrees or 4 small bowls of soup as a side dish or an appetizer.

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♫ Listening to ♫

The Call of the Mountains by Eluveitie

Have you heard that there’s a new(ish) Sanrio character? Aggretsuko is a cute red panda, she works in an office, and she listens to metal! This easy healthy carrot celery soup is inspired by her.

This creamy miso carrot soup is also great if you’re sick because it will warm and soothe a sore throat.

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Ingredients for Carrot Celery Soup

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Dollhouse Shortcut

To save time, you can either decorate store-bought soup or serve this homemade soup without the red panda face.

  • 1-2 tablespoons (13-26g) olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped (~325g)
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped (~1 cup or 100g)
  • 4 cloves (12g) chopped garlic
  • 1 pound (450g) of carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) freshly grated ginger
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups (360-480g) vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon (17g) miso
ingredients needed for carrot celery soup.

How to Make Vegan Celery Carrot Miso Ginger Soup

prep time: 15 min | cook time: 15 min

Dollhouse Shortcut

Use a food processor to chop all your veggies if you want to save time.

Heat a medium-large pot over low-medium heat. If you’re using an instant pot for this soup recipe, use the sauté button for this step.

Peel and dice a yellow onion if you haven’t already.

Sauté the diced onion in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, stirring frequently over low-medium heat until the onion is translucent. If you avoid oil, use water instead.

Add the finely chopped garlic or garlic powder, and continue to stir.

Wash and chop 2 stalks of celery if you haven’t yet. Add the diced celery to the onions and continue to sauté and stir.

Wash and chop a pound of carrots if you haven’t already. If you only bought a pound of carrots, save the large half of the largest carrot for garnishing before chopping the rest.

Add the chopped carrots to the onions, celery, and garlic, and continue to sauté and stir.

adding carrots to the carrot celery soup.

Grate a 1-inch chunk of ginger into a bowl until you have a tablespoon. Add the grated ginger to the pot.

grating ginger for the carrot celery miso ginger soup.

Add 1 tablespoon miso and vegetable broth to the pot. If you’re using an instant pot, add 1 ½ cups (360g) vegetable broth. If you’re making this on the stove, use 2 cups (480g) of broth. It takes me about 10-12 minutes for all the steps up until this point.

For Instant Pot: Press the soup button on the instant pot after locking the lid and sealing the vent. Mine is automatically on 7 or 8 minutes on high pressure. If yours isn’t, use your + and - buttons to get it there. I also turn off the keep warm feature by pressing that button.

For Stovetop: Use high heat until it starts to boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer on low-medium heat for 15 minutes or until the carrots are cooked.

Cut your garnishes while you wait (see next set of directions).

Blend the soup using an immersion blender once it’s done cooking. Be careful not to splatter any on yourself since it’s very hot. I may or may not be speaking from painful experience.

blending the vegan carrot celery soup with an immersion blender.

Ladle into bowls.

ladling vegan carrot soup into a bowl.

Serve immediately, save in a glass container in the fridge for eating later, or follow the instructions to decorate it to look like a red panda.

a bowl of vegan carrot soup.

How to Decorate Vegan Carrot Celery Soup to Look Like a Red Panda

The measurements given below are for decorating two bowls of red panda soup. To decorate only one, please half the measurements.

  • 4 slices of bread (use gluten-free bread if you avoid gluten)
  • 2 lengthwise slices of a wide carrot
  • 6 kalamata or black olives
  • 2 slices watermelon radish
  • 3 pieces of raw spaghetti

Cut 2 oval/circles from 2 of the bread slices. These are the nose/mouth area.

Cut 4 triangles from the other 2 slices of bread. These are the ears.

Cut 4 triangles from the carrots. These are the inner ears.

Cut 2 tongues from the pinkest parts of the watermelon radish slices.

Cut the closed ends off of 6 olives. These will be the eyes and noses.

edible red panda facial features ready to add to a bowl of vegan carrot celery soup

Break the dry spaghetti in half. These are the whiskers.

Place the facial features onto the soup once it has been ladled.

Vegan Red Panda Carrot Miso Soup

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I convert this recipe to feed a larger family?

This soup recipe makes enough for 2 people eating only this as a hearty meal or 4 people having it with bread, focaccia, or something else like cramosas. If you are having just this soup for dinner, simply double or triple the ingredients. The cooking instructions should not change.

If I serve this as an appetizer, what should I served it with?

Humans should eat carrots and other orange vegetables that are high in vitamin A three times a week. So, I like to pair this carrot soup with an entree like vegan tuna casserole that lacks vitamin A.

Is this soup vegan and gluten-free?

This soup is naturally vegan, gluten-free, and WFPB. All of my recipes are vegan, because I have been an ethical vegan for over 20 years.

Can I still make this celery carrot soup if I don’t have an immersion blender?

You can blend the soup ingredients in a regular blender if you don’t have an immersion blender. Just make sure the lid is on tight. (I usually rest a couple of fingers on the lid to be safe.) You definitely do not want to spend an hour cleaning soup off the walls and ceiling and cupboards if that lid pops off.

carrot celery miso ginger soup decorated to look like a red panda

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Olive Oil: I recommend using olive or avocado oil for sautéing the onions. However, you can use any other oil such as safflower oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, or grapeseed oil. If you avoid oil, use water or veggie broth.
  • Onion: I always use yellow onions because I prefer their sweet and mild flavor. You can replace the yellow onion with a white onion if you’d like, but I wouldn’t use red because it will change the color of the soup. Even the white part of leeks could be a good substitution.
  • Celery: Soups are a great way to use up the outer stalks of celery that are too tough to eat raw. You can also omit the celery in this recipe or replace it with celery root or other light colored vegetables.
  • Garlic: If you don’t have 4 cloves of garlic, you can replace the chopped garlic with ½ teaspoon (2g) of garlic powder.
  • Carrots: Make sure you wash all the dirt off your carrots before you use them. Baby carrots can also be used in this recipe if you don’t have regular carrots. I buy my organic carrots from Costco or from Whole Foods because they are the cheapest. You can also replace the carrots in this recipe with any variety of winter squash, such as butternut squash, acorn squash, or buttercup squash.
  • Ginger: I always store my ginger in the freezer. It lasts longer that way, and it’s easy to grate when it’s frozen. If you don’t have fresh ginger root, use ¼ teaspoon of dried ginger.
  • Veggie Broth: I usually make my veggie broth by adding bouillon to water. You can also use those dried bouillon cubes or use homemade or store-bought veggie broth.
  • Miso: You can use any variety of miso you want. Yellow and White will not change the color so I tend to stick with those. Make sure you buy organic or non-GMO miso.


Here’s a 1 minute video of me making this homemade vegan soup recipe.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings: 4
  • Calories per serving: 131
  • Calcium per serving: 77mg
  • Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
  • Dietary Fiber per serving: 5g
  • Iron per serving: 1mg
  • Potassium per serving: 591mg
  • Protein per serving: 3g
  • Total Carbohydrate per serving: 22g
  • Total Fat per serving: 4g
  • Total Sugars per serving: 10g
  • Sodium per serving: 508mg
  • Vitamin A: 963mcg
  • Vitamin C: 15mg
  • Vitamin K: 21mcg

Comments or Questions?

If you make this celery carrot soup recipe, I would love it if you’d snap a pic, post to instagram, and tag me @vegandollhouse. It seriously makes my day/week/month!

Please message me (instagram or email) if you have any questions or feedback about the recipe.

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If you like cute soups, check out my yellow crooked neck squash soup that I decorated to look like the Pokémon Pikachu. I also have a zucchini soup that I decorated to look like the Pokémon Bulbasaur.


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Super duper cute! My granddaughters would love this. I came looking for the cinnamon bunnies, but instead found a carrot panda :)
Jas -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is absolutely lovely!
YamaEbi -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Amazing presentation!
acadamianut -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Aww the most adorable 😍
Betty K -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Toooo adorable 😍 yimmm
Priya -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The cutest soup I ever did see. Today is def soup weather
Kimmy -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Adorable, and love this flavor combo!
Wendy -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Soooo cute!!
Tiffany -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cutest soup ever!
Sarah -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Omg, I’m doing this for my grandson
Gabriele -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Omg I love this!!
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