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Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger SoupA few weeks ago, we enjoyed dinner on a picturesque restaurant patio in St. Paul. It was still warm as the sun went down and the twinkle lights came on – a gentle reminder that summer wasn’t finished with us yet. The restaurant’s menu showed hints of fall, though, including a carrot soup that I sampled as an appetizer. Holy cow, was I impressed! Even my veggie-averse son was nudging me for more spoonfuls. I don’t think I’d ever even had carrot soup before this evening, but that quickly changed when I returned home to recreate my memorable dish. 

This Carrot Ginger Soup is such a simple, flavorful taste of fall. Sweet carrots and savory onions are sautéed with chunks of sweet potatoes, garlic and a hefty dose of fresh ginger. Stir in some vegetable broth, salt, pepper and cumin, simmer for 30 minutes, and then puree the soup until it’s silky smooth. If you’re looking to get out of your salad rut, this soup makes an excellent first course in lieu of the usual greens. It would also be super cute in little shot glasses on an appetizer buffet. But why wait for dinner? I enjoyed it straight up for lunch all last week. The texture is light but not broth-like, and the ginger and cumin give the soup a lovely, belly-rubbing warmth – a delicious salve for that nip of cool October air. 

Dish with us: what are you favorite recipes to make when summer slides into fall? 

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup
 
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Serves: 4-6, as a first course or light lunch
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2½ cups peeled, chopped carrot (I used one large bunch of carrots)
  • 1 cup peeled, chopped sweet potato (about 1 medium potato)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 2½ cups vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1¼ teaspoons ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil, onion, carrots and sweet potatoes and gently saute for 5-10 minutes or until onion is translucent but not browned. Stir in garlic and ginger and saute for 1 minute. Pour in vegetable broth and stir in salt, pepper and cumin. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for 35-45 minutes or until carrots and sweet potatoes are fork tender.
  2. Transfer mixture to blender in batches and puree. Taste for seasoning and adjust to your preference.
Notes
You can also use an immersion blender or food mill to puree the soup. If using a regular blender, be careful to only fill the blender jar half full of hot liquid and secure the lid with a dish towel before blending.

13 Comments

  1. I wonder how the Carrot Ginger soup would be substituting the vegetable broth for low sodium chicken broth? I don’t care for the name brand vegetable broths sold in the grocery stores in my area. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Debbie, I wouldn’t hesitate to substitute chicken broth. The veggie, ginger and spice flavors will still shine through. Enjoy!

  2. can you send us the nutritional information for this soup?

    • Hi Marty, Since brands and ingredients can vary, we choose not to provide nutritional information for our posts. That said, there are a variety of online nutritional calculators where you can easily input the ingredients to find the information you’re looking for. Here’s one to get you started: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp. Hope that is helpful!

  3. What a beautiful, healthy soup for the fall. I am adding this to my list of soups to make!

  4. Fabulous combination of carrots and sweet potatoes…the ginger really sets it off!
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    • Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Bonnie. Thanks for the comment!

  5. This carrot ginger soup looks amazing! Love that it is made dairy-free and is perfect for fall : )

    • Thanks, Phoebe! There’s nothing like warm soup to take the edge off of chilly fall day.

  6. No changes on this recipe. It is perfect. Thanks so very much for the delicious and beautiful food.

    • You are welcome, Nancy. Thanks for being a loyal reader!

  7. Trader Joe’s Carrot Ginger soup in a Tetra Pak is excellent chilled — like Vichysoisses. Worth a try. A staple at opur house for lunches on the deck (along with cold smoked salmon).

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