Carrot Ginger Soup

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Smooth carrot soup with ginger, orange and chicken stock. So easy and healthy too!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Years ago I went on a carrot kick. Someone had given me a champion juicer and I set off to consume my weight in carrot juice over the next month.

Remember when your biology teacher told you that your skin would turn orange if you ate a lot of carrots? He was right!

When I went in for my physical my doctor looked at me with alarm; she thought I was jaundiced. Fortunately, it was just all that beta carotene from the carrots. No harm, no foul.

Sometimes the most nourishing foods are also the most simple and easy to make. This carrot ginger soup is just that. All you need are carrots, onions, butter, a little ginger, a few strips of orange peel, some stock, water, and salt. The soup comes together in less than an hour, prep included. Lovely.

Look how easy it is to make carrot ginger soup!

Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-5

I think this soup works best when it is puréed until perfectly smooth. This is best achieved using an upright blender. If you use an immersion blender, just keep working at it until the soup is as smooth as you can make it.

We use chicken stock in this recipe, but you can easily use vegetable stock for a vegetarian option.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots (6-7 large carrots), peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 cups chopped white or yellow onion
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 large strips of zest from an orange
  • Chopped chives, parsley, dill or fennel for garnish

Method

1 Sauté onions and carrots: Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium heat and cook the onions and carrots, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften, about 5 to 8 minutes. Do not let the onions or carrots brown. Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt over the carrots and onions as they cook.

2 Add stock and water, ginger, and strips of orange zest. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until the carrots soften, about 20 minutes.

3 Remove the strips of orange zest! It's easy to forget this step, and if you forget and purée the soup with the strips of zest still in it, the soup may be too bitter for your taste.

4 Purée soup: Purée the soup with a stick blender, or working in small batches, pour the soup into a blender and purée until completely smooth. Only fill the blender bowl a third full with the hot liquid and keep one hand pressing down on the cap of the blender to keep it from popping off.

Add more salt to taste.  (You will need more salt if you are using homemade unsalted stock or unsalted butter.)

Garnish with chopped chives, parsley, or fennel fronds.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Paula

    Sooo good!! I was looking for a carrot ginger soup that didn’t require milk or cream and this recipe is perfect. It’s rich and creamy without it and is a healthy alternative. I served it with sourdough croutons on top. Delicious!

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  2. Linda

    I just made this soup and it is delicious. I added 2 cloves of my home grown Russian Red garlic and used 2 lbs of carrots. I used vegetable broth instead of water – very fragrant and flavourful. I’ve added it to my favourites.

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  3. Alex

    So, so yummy while being quick and cost-effective! In the sautee step I added garlic and in the simmer step I added curry powder and cumin which kicked it up a notch for me. Great recipe.

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  4. Kate

    How does such an easy to make recipe with simple everyday ingredients come together to make something so delicious? One of life’s little mysteries. My other half and I enjoyed this soup very much. I needed to add liquid when blending it, so I used milk to add some richness. Also added about 3/4 tsp of curry powder during the simmering step and used a little extra ginger. Perfection! Just the right amount of kick. Can’t wait to make it again

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  5. [email protected]

    Absolutely delicious. I added turmeric, cumin, and crack black pepper.

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