9 Dinner Recipes Where You Can Sneakily Hide Carrots

I must admit, I hate carrots. That’s also possibly why I have worn glasses since I was a kid –  at least that’s my excuse anyway. However, even I, the queen of anti-orange root vegetables, will admit that there is a time and a place for carrots in the kitchen. While they are, in my opinion, few and far between, they do exist.

Carrots are the unsung hero of vegetables. They give a certain something, something to stews and are a great thickener for pasta sauce. Not to mention the host of other benefits that carrots offer including their ability to send a shock of Vitamin K and B6 into your system.

As much as it pains me to say it, carrots can even make the dish. In what dishes do carrots up the ante you ask? Here are nine of them.

1. Pasta Sauce

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A Spicy Perspective

Not only is pasta sauce a great way to hide carrots from those who would rather not consume them, but they are also a great way to lower the acidity in the tomatoey sauce while boosting its sweetness.

Basically, there is no excuse for not grating a few carrots into your next marinara. Get a great recipe here.

2. Beef Stew

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Once Upon a Chef

Nothing says comfort quite like a steaming pot of beef stew. However, if you didn’t have carrots in it, something just wouldn’t be right.

Somehow carrots just tie all the flavors of this humble dish together to elevate it to legendary status. Do not forget them when you make this recipe. Get the recipe here.

3. Lasagna

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Chocolate Moosey

Instead of merely blending the carrots into the oblivion of your pasta sauce, slice them up into silver dollars and place them between the layers of a lasagna.

That way, they will not only mitigate the acidity of the tomatoes, but they will also offer another interesting texture with which to tantalize your taste buds. Get the recipe here.

4. Meatballs

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Nutritionist Meets Chef

Try something a little different that packs a whole wallop of flavor onto your plate. Seasoned with Asian flavor and sweetened with carrots, you’re sure to enjoy these fresh and indulgent carrot-stuffed meatballs.

Get the recipe here.

5. Butternut Squash Soup

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Ahead of Thyme

Jazz up a creamy squash soup with a few carrots. They will add a sweetness and depth of flavor that is only amplified by the bright orange color they lend each ladleful.

Get the recipe here.

7. Quick Breads

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Food52

We’ve all heard of carrot cake and zucchini bread, but this hybrid is somewhere in between.

The intriguing texture of wild rice is paired with a moist carrot loaf to create a unique flavor profile that will inevitably entice you back for a few more slices. Get the recipe here.

8. Tomato Soup

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The Organic Kitchen

For the same reason you should be putting carrots in your marinara sauce, you should also be grinding them up into your tomato soup.

Then, pair the soup with a bacon grilled cheese and your childhood memories just got a first class upgrade. Get a delicious recipe here.

9. Tartar Sauce

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Top Secret Recipes

Temper the briny base of this sauce and add some texture all with some grated carrot. You’re guaranteed to dollop this next to your fish, your shrimp, and probably even your salmon burgers.

Get the recipe here.