Easy Carrot Ginger Soup

by zesty on November 14, 2012 · 33 comments

I need this.

The weather is cold and damp today and I have a little sniffle.  I need this.

I thought I would warm everyone up with a super simple smooth soup.  Now I have made this soup before but I had a bag of carrots hanging out in the fridge growing more hair than I can and I hate wasting food so carrot soup was the answer.  The combination of carrot and ginger coupled with the nutty flavor of the cashews make this soup so rich and creamy. This soup tastes so good with a nice piece of crusty bread or along side your favorite sandwich.

Did I tell you I love Ezekiel bread now?  I cannot get enough of that sprouted goodness.

 

The soup is really straight forward so I didn’t get into too many pictures of all the steps.  Feel free to add some of you favorite flavors in as substitutions. The spices in this recipe are vital to the flavor. Be sure they are fresh and ready to make you smile.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 3-4 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup toasted cashews

Method

    1. Place the carrots in a medium saucepan and add the water.

    1. Bring to a boil, cover and cook until the carrots are very tender (10-15 minutes)
    2. Heat the olive oil in a small fry pan. Add onion and cook over medium heat until translucent.
    3. Add ginger, garlic, salt, and spices.

    1. Lower the heat and continue to saute for another 8-10 minutes, until the onions are soft.
    2. Stir in lemon juice.
    3. Combine the spice-onion mixture with the carrots and the cashews.
    4. Use a blender to puree the mixture until smooth.
    5. Once smooth, pour back into the saucepan and prepare to serve.
    6. Top with a dollop of sour cream.

  1. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: The soup will thicken up a bit in the fridge, but just a little water before you microwave it at work and it will be just as good as when you first made it.

Somewhat of a generic question and could gather a variety of answers, but tell me, what is your favorite soup to eat to warm up?

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday and are ready for another edition of cookie craziness 2012.

Take Care

zesty

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1 coco

ginger and carrots go so well together, so this soup must taste amazing!!! specially ginger is so good to heat our body, so good for winter!
Thanks Zesty!

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2 laura

Looks good! I love butternut squash soup on a cold day. :)

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3 VeggieGirl

Lovely soup!!

**My favorite: hearty lentil & vegetable.

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4 Kath

YUM YUM!

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5 CookiePie

That soup looks so warm and inviting!

My favorites: In cold weather, probably vegetable or tomato soup, with a nice grilled-cheese sandwich :) In warm weather, my husband’s fabulous spicy gazpacho.

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6 meg wolff

Hi Zesty,
Carrot ginger soup is one of my favorites. There are times when I crave it. Cashews and lemon are a nice addition. Did you know that soup before a meal is relaxing, so it is easier to digest our food? Cheers!

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7 Krista

Your soup looks really good and the photography is stunning!

My fave soup on a winter’s day is beef barley!

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8 Laurie

You soup looks delicious! I would never have thought to add cashews. What a great idea. My favorite soup for a cold day is clam chowder.

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9 zestycook

Thanks Everyone!

Meg – I didn’t know that soup relaxes us. That is great!

Thanks Krista – I am trying to get better with the photography. I do love beef barley soup as well.

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10 lauren

This soup looks great and your dollop of sour cream is so neat and tidy. My dollops always look messy. ;)

My favorite soup on a cold, windy day is chicken noodle.

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11 Megan

I love any soup, but my favorite is sweet potato. This soup looks fabulous! I love all the spices. I really want a spice rack with tons of spices for Christmas this year so that I can create Zesty like concotions like this!

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12 amy jo

This looks so yummy – my husband LOVES ginger, so I’ll have to give this a try!

My favorite on a cold day is definitely white Chicken Chili, if that counts as soup. Otherwise, hot sweet potato/apple soup is also amazing, and very autumnal!

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13 Live.Love.Eat

This looks beautiful, especially the garnish!!!! Not so sure what my favorite is right now. Definitely a creamy one, maybe baked potato soup.

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14 Candy

This looks tasty. I’m having a bowl of beef stew right now..

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15 Daily Spud

Mmmm – I make a really simple carrot and ginger soup for myself all the time. Just carrots and lots of ginger sauteed in butter and then simmered with some red lentils and water. Divine.

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16 Kristie

Sounds deelish and I love the presentation you’ve got going on there :)

I don’t know if I have a favourite soup! But I do love creamy ones, especially if they’re squash-based. That or good ol chicken noodle will do the trick.

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17 chadnpam1

What a beautiful photo. I’ve never made carrot soup before but this recipe is calling my name. I just love the color and flavors!

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18 Bob

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19 Jenny

This soup is gorgeous! Your pictures are just beautiful. I think I need some carrot soup tonight! Well done!

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20 sunita

That is such a glorious soup…perfect for the ool weather in our neck of the woods :-)

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21 Usha

The idea of adding cashews to carrot ginger soup never occurred to me, it must have added some yum creaminess to the soup….looks fantastic…

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22 Culinary Cory

My favorite soup is chicken and dumplings. Hearty and very comforting.

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23 Melody from ~Pennies In My Pocket~

It’s 11:53pm and I want to go to the store to get everything for this….NOW. SOUNDS WONDERFUL!

~melody~

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24 healthy ashley

I make a soup similar to this, but yours looks even better!

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25 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

Looks wonderful! I’ve never had carrot soup, but I’m sure I would like it.

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26 Merryl DS

This carrot and ginger soup sounds delicious, will definitely give it a try soon. I was wondering, Zesty, if you could make a ‘roasted carrot and strawberry’ soup. I had this once in a local restaurant and have tried to make it myself, but fall far short. I look forward to your reply.

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27 Gena

Totally reminds me of the raw version I did for you! Nice recipe.

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28 Enz

I made this today and it is easily, easily the BEST carrot soup I’ve ever had. I’m going to be eating it for lunch all week!

Thanks Chris.

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29 zesty

That is great news Chris. I am glad you liked it!

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30 Wholesale

I love the rich color! This is going to be so good with garlic toast :D I’m going to have to substitute the sour cream for soy cream with lemon and chives though. But this is a really great recipe!

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31 G M Ali

this was just as easy as the method said. It came together in minutes on a snowy Saturday. I had to add additional broth and used toasted walnuts. We mopped up our bowls with corn bread. Delish!

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