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Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup with Miso and Black Sesame

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 pound carrots cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large leek white and light green parts only, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium sweet onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium russet potato about 1 pound, peeled and diced
  • 8 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup yellow miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame or Gomaso, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, toss the carrots, leek, onion, olive oil and salt until combined. Arrange in an even layer and roast in the oven until lightly browned and caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  3. Transfer the vegetables to a large stockpot along with the potato and water (or stock). Bring to a boil; turn the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes. Off the heat, add the miso and lemon juice.
  4. Puree using a stand or immersion blender until smooth. Taste for seasoning and add more salt as necessary. (Depending on how salty your miso paste is, you might need more).
  5. Transfer the soup to bowls or bugs and garnish with the black sesame seeds, pepitas or cilantro, if using.