Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ginger Carrot Soup

I'm an unabashed sweets lover but I've had enough sugary things for a while. Now all things savory and healthier are calling me and I'm wanting to serve those foods that have more nutrition.

When I told Ole Sweetie-Pi we were having ginger carrot soup he nearly had apoplexy.  That piece of information prompted him to lift the lid of the soup pot, stir the ingredients around into a whirling vortex, taste a sample, grimace in pain, and then go hide in the living room. Honestly, he can be so dramatic.  It didn't stop him from eating a whole bowl of it though when I served it to him, grins.

This ginger carrot soup is subtly warm from the fresh ginger and pepper, with a pleasing sweetness from the fresh carrots and orange juice. The onions, I think, help to balance out the spice and the sweet.  This pureed into a nice thick soup, though to be honest, I only used one box of  vegetable stock, which was less than the five cups called for.  I wasn't about to open up a second box just a cup of stock. I could have made up the difference with water, I suppose, but I found the thickness of the soup to be pleasing and just went with it. 

I would and will definitely make this again. I'm pretty sure after eating all those carrots I'll be able to read in the dark without a flashlight.  Ole Sweetie-Pi said he could pass on eating this again, but I don't know.  I think he's still recovering from the shock.


Ginger Carrot Soup
Earthbound Farm Organic

2 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil
1 piece (3 inches long) fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped
4 cups peeled, sliced carrots
5 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Sour cream, as garnish

In a large sauce pan over medium heat, heat the oil.  Add the ginger and the onion and cook until the onion is translucent. 

Add the carrots, vegetable stock, and orange juice and bring to a boil.  Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low, allowing the soup to simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.

Puree the soup using an immersion blender or allow the soup to cool slightly and puree in batches in a blender. 

Return the soup to the pot and add the seasonings:   the pinch of nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste.  To serve, add a small dollop of sour cream on top.

For more information about making this soup ahead or serving it cold, click on the link I provided under the recipe name.

45 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous colored soup in your beautiful china!

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  2. Katy, I am with you. I am needing something savory and warm after all the holiday treats and food feasting. I love carrot ginger soup. I would gladly sit with you and have a bowl.
    I just made a whole pot of split pea with ham.

    Happy New Year to you!

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  3. What a warming bowl of soup! Perfect for this time of winding down :D Your ole sweetie pie sounds like such a hoot!

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  4. Refreshing and tempting soup...

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  5. Hi Katy, I swear...I still think our husbands must be related somehow...my Hubby would react exactly like Ole Sweetie Pie!! Your soup looks delicious and I am SO in love with your china.

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  6. Ole Sweetie Pi reminds me of my husband. You know that I get the same reaction when I serve soup. Boys! :D

    I think it looks fabulous!

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  7. Im also craving more savory items now..my tongue is numb from all the sugar we have consumed over the last few weeks.

    What beautiful china you have and this soup looks wonderful!

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  8. that is a beautiful color. I have been done with sweets for a while. the extra thickness of the soup really appeals to me.

    And that photo is perfect! great colors and presentation

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  9. That looks fabulous and exactly the type of soup to eat after the holiday feasts. Hope you are having a great one, Katy. And all the best to you and your family in the New Year!

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  10. Welllll, count me in with the Sweetie-Pi fan club, but I probably would have a bit of trepidation too. If it were offered in such a beautiful serving dish though, I think I would have to go for it. It is a beautiful soup. I'm all for getting rid of the sweets about now too. Happy New Year!

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  11. Gr8 recipe...lov anything with ginger,yummy click...

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  12. Katy, I love this soup! The colour brings the warmth and happiness!

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  13. Oh Katy - this is a must-do - my sweetie pie might even enjoy it! And I love reading in the dark. Remnants from sneaking time under the covers as a child. Delicious and beautiful!

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  14. I love the color of this gorgeous soup and that lovely cup and saucer as well, Katy. I know my husband would be hesitant to try this, just as your sweetie pie was.
    I would so enjoy having a cup of soup with you sometime!

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  15. Beautiful soup in beautiful china! ANd I'm with you on the sweet things....enough already!

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  16. Katy, I just made a sweet potato/carrot soup very similar to your carrot soup. I will try to get it up by tomorrow morning on Chaya's Comfy Cook.

    If you have time, check it out tomorrow and let me know what you think. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

    Chaya

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  17. At least you got your sweetie to eat the soup (which is very yummy looking)--mine would promptly make himself a pot of rice with butter (rolls the eyes).

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  18. Sounds interesting Katy..I have never tried carrot soup..I don't think I'd like it served cold.
    I love the cup and saucer..great presentation! I too am ready for savoury dishes..

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  19. This looks so good Katy. I've never had carrot soup before, but I love carrots. I can't wait to try this out!!

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  20. I LOVE ginger!! This soup sounds yummy and perfect for winter!

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  21. Hi Katy!

    Your Ole Sweetie-Pi sounds like my Mr. Picky Head! At least Ole Sweetie-Pi gave it a try. This soups looks delicious and I can already tell you that I would love it. I went to a fudge tasting party yesterday and your soup is just what I need for today :-)

    Happy New Year!

    Gin

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  22. I made a recipe like this one time from Gourmet and absolutely loved it. Thank you for reminding me about it.

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  23. I love a good thick soup. The image of your husband tasting this and going into shock is quite funny. I love how you described it. You'll have to let me know about that reading in the dark thing. I've been eating a lot of carrots lately but haven't seen any results. Maybe I just need to try this soup.

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  24. This soup is completely unlike anything I have ever tried, but this cold weather is certainly putting me in the mood for soup! I look forward to trying it!

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  25. this would be a great winter meal. :)

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  26. Ive been wanting to try a carrot soup recipe, this sounds perfect for me!

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  27. Thanks for the kind words on my latest post!! I so love this lovely comforting & so good for you soup!!

    MMMMMMMMMM,...all the way!

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  28. Thats a nice and colorful soup there and lovely presentation..yummy and perfect for the winters.
    I have answered to your question on my post dear. do check it :)

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  29. Katy, this is such a comforting & simply flavourful soup! Need some french bread to go with it.
    Btw, HAPPY NEW YEAR! May you have a blessful & prosperous new year! Cheers.
    Best wishes, Kristy

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  30. That's so funny! Last time I made soup husband asked "Are we being punished for something?" but he loves it anyway. This soup is beautiful!

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  31. Love carrot soup and it sounds wonderful with the ginger added. Have a wonderful new year Katy!!!

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  32. what a fun soup! i love the flavor combo! i hope you've been having a wonderful holiday!

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  33. The soup looks stunning – a great colour!
    Happy New Year 2010 Sweet Heart. Many blessings to you & your family.
    your friend Mamatkamal
    Bises

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  34. The soup looks very comforting, perfect for the cold winter weather. Wishes for a very happy New Year.

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  35. Oh, Katy, I'm never too tired of sweets but do understand the need for hearty foods right now! I'm not a huge soup person but the kiddos are and wonder if they'd like this.

    Hope your Christmas was a terrific one and that 2010 brings you peace, love, and happiness!
    ~ingrid

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  36. I have a similar recipe and can imagine how good this must have tasted with its sweet flavors and silky mousse mouth feel. Looks great!

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  37. May all your dreams come true and may you be blessed with all the best things in life! Happy New Year 2010! XO

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  38. http://comfycook.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/the-color-orange/

    I want a critique, please. It was good but how do I make it better?

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  39. I think that this looks lovely but I can guarantee that my husband would have had the same reaction as Sweetie-Pie. I had to smile...

    I'm sure that once this flu bug leaves me alone, I'll be all about the savory too. I am so over the holiday sweets.

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  40. Nice recipe..I wonder how it will go with my sweetie pie the soup being all vegetarian..Loved the soup cup...lovel!

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  41. Hello Kathy,
    Happy New year and wishing you all the best for the coming year.

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  42. This soup looks so goos and so pretty in your china cup. perfect presentation!

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  43. This would be great for a day like this.. It's chilly out and I want something warm! :)

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  44. I think my honey bunches would give me the same reaction to this wonderful soup...just going to have to make it! I like the sound of your joy just to hear you talk of your Ole Sweetie-Pi! Blessings, K

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