This sweet carrot soup with ginger and brown sugar is a delicious way to eat your veggies and enjoy them! Perfection on a cold night or just to gobble up some vegan goodness, you cannot go wrong with delicious fall flavored spices and a side of dipping bread.
Roasted Carrot & Ginger Soup
This perfect soup side dish doesn’t take too long to make and is the precursor to the best meal. You wont need to roast your carrots, which saves you a ton of time, and the apples and ginger pair perfectly.
In fact, nothing says fall like the bold flavors of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Not only does eating these spices make me instantly feel transformed into fall, but even smelling them can do so! And while most people shove them in cookies, cakes and other awesome fall desserts, there is nothing more comforting than a savory soup recipe to really amp up your taste buds.
Carrot Ginger soup is just that. Homemade from raw carrots and flavored up with garlic and sweet brown sugar, bite after bite makes this a traditional fall pre-meal appetizer or perfectly creamy soup side dish to warm your belly.
Carrot Ginger Soup
This sweet soup with ginger and coriander is an easy to make soup and a great way to bring in the fall to winter months or really feel better after a cold.
Get the full carrot ginger soup recipe below at the bottom and print off!
- 2 lbs raw carrots
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 large apple, peeled, cored and sliced into small pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup half & half
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Health benefits of carrots
As a kid, I kept coming back to the veggie tray at home when my mom told me carrots would help my eyesight. I was determined to be able to see in the dark (still waiting on that, I guess). However, as an adult, I’ve learned that the benefits of carrots go far beyond your vision.
Because of these body rewards, I try to offer carrots at least once a week to the entire family.
To start, beyond the Vitamin A benefits that nourish your eyes, carrots are a rich source of nearly an entire alphabet of vitamins and minerals – Vitamins C, K, B8 and pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.
They are also a powerful source of beta-carotene and fiber.
The antioxidants in carrots work to boost your immune system, fight free radical damage that can lead to cancer and heart disease, and support the health of your skin and eyes, just like my mom said.
Research studies have also shown carrots to cut cholesterol levels and help the body process fat.
And, after you try the carrot ginger soup, you will literally glow from head to toe.
How to make Carrot Soup
I love soups for lots of reason – they’re easy to throw together, they scale up easily for feeding a crowd, and they warm me to my toes in chilly weather.
But, when I eat only soup, a couple hours later I find I am starving.
No matter what I pack in there, it just isn’t enough to keep me going.
Instead, soup takes a side role in most my menus, giving me the best of both worlds.
When I’m looking for the perfect soup/side option, I love a spiced carrot ginger soup. It pairs well with all kinds of main dishes or sandwiches, is absolutely stunning to look at, and makes fantastic leftovers. And carrots themselves are awesome.
Immersion Blenders for Soups
If you’re a soup maker (or becoming one) there is one kitchen tool you must have:
- This compact little stick will help you create a velvety smooth and creamy soup, no matter what the soup base is made from.
- While mashers and blenders are other options to help you create a smooth soup, each has key drawbacks. The potato masher in general, won’t let your soup get anywhere near as smooth as you’d like. And pouring boiling soup into a blender jar is a surefire way to end up with some major burns (just ask me how I know).
- So, enter the immersion blender. To use it in your soup preparation, simply turn off the heat and stick your blender into the pot.
- Make sure you keep the bottom of the blender under the surface of the soup, or you’ll splatter boiling soup everywhere (ask me how I know).
- Using short pulses, blitz your soup till it runs smoothly through the blender and all the lumps are gone. Perfect!
Complimentary Dishes Carrot Ginger Soup
The versatile flavors and smooth texture of this soup mean it pairs well with all kinds of main dishes you might prefer.
- Personally, you just can’t go wrong with a simple grilled cheese or grilled ham and cheese panini. But then, I’m a sucker for dunking.
- I also love this soup paired with a slow cooked beef roast. Add a crunchy green salad with a tangy dressing for a counterbalance of texture and flavor and your entire family will be demanding seconds (thirds?).
- Another pairing option is a thick cut pork chop. I like to carry over the flavors of the soup to the pork by brushing with a bit of the ground ginger mixed with water or oil.
- Brussel sprouts sautéed with a spritz of lemon and some chopped walnuts are the perfect compliment to the soup and pork.
- Another option is to pour the soup over a baked potato – I love this for a quick soup side lunch.
Carrots and Low Carb diets
Carrots often get a bad rap from low carb diets – unlike green vegetables that contain virtually no sugars, carrots get their sweetness from some natural sugars. However, this doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for carrots in your diet, even if you prefer low carb options.
First, it’s important to know the actual carb and calories in carrots
- In ½ cup of raw carrot, you’ll get 4 grams of net carbs, 2 grams of fiber, and 26 calories. Raw carrot earns a 35 on the glycemic index.
- In ½ cup of cooked carrot, you’ll get 4 grams of net carbs, 2 grams of fiber and 27 calories, with a 39 on the glycemic index.
- Like other root vegetables, carrots are considerably lower in carbs than low sugar fruits, and the health benefits they offer are remarkable.
- They’re categorized as a low GI food, and in moderation, they deserve a place in any diet plan.
- With the velvety texture, the versatile meal options, the fun gadgets to experiment with and the numerous health benefits, I ask, is your soup on the stove yet?
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 132Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 825mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g
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