Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Spicy Carrot Ginger Soup

I first had a version of this soup at a friend's house. They purchased the prepared soup at Whole Foods. It was delicious! A perfect way to start a meal.  I figured I had to make it myself so I found a recipe and tweaked it a bit. I also added some fun garnishes because I think not only do they make the soup more visually appealing, but they add more flavor and substance. 


-1 large yellow onion (or two small)
-8 cups of vegetable broth
-6 cloves of garlic
-2 lbs of carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
-2 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
-3 Tbsp of freshly grated ginger
-1 Tbsp. cumin
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-2 tsp. jalepeno powder (optional)
-2 Tbsp salt
-3 Tbsp sugar
-2 tsp lemon juice

Chop your 6 cloves of garlic and 1 large onion.  Peel the two medium yukon gold potatoes and 2 lbs of carrots.  Roughly chop the potatoes and carrots.  Also, peel the brown papery skin off the ginger root with the back of a spoon. Use a fine cheese grater or microplane to grate 3 Tbsp of ginger.

In a large stockpot, add 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth, garlic and onions.  Bring to a simmer for about 6 minutes.  Add the rest of the vegetable broth (7 1/2 more cups), carrots, potatoes, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, jalepeno powder, salt and sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 25 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots can be easily pierced with a knife. 

I use homemade vegetable bouillon with water as pictured below. 

 Working in batches if needed, puree the soup in a blender (ideally a Vitamix) or immersion blender.  The immersion blender will work, but a blender, specifically a Vitamix will make it much smoother. Add the soup back to the stock pot and add 2 Tbsp of lemon juice.  Stir into the soup until blended.

Optional garnishes: freshly chopped chives, toasted garbanzo beans/chickpeas, garlic oil, toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds


  1. Made this soup today it was awesome!!!!

    1. Paul, I'm so glad you enjoyed the soup! Did you use any garnishes?


  2. Thanks for taking the time to comment and teaching me from your wisdom and experience.

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