Carrot Apple Ginger Soup

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Sometimes I just want to eat a color.

…Does that make sense?  Does that ever happen in your brain?

Usually I want to eat things that are green (kale), milky (coffee), made of booze, made of chocolate, or made of pie.

For some reason, yesterday I wanted something orange and spicy.

I made soup.  Because all I ever make is soup… then I put it in this wood bowl and take two pictures of it before I have to sit down on my couch and eat it.

That’s how it goes around here.  It just does.

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Carrots with their hair are so much more romantic that the stripped version.  Don’t you think?

The cute bagger boy at Whole Foods asked me if I was going to juice the greens when I got home.  I think he was trying to impress me.  I looked at him like he was from Mars.

I was also wearing my super fitted workout pants.  He tried to recover from the juicing comment by asking me how many miles I ran that morning.  I answered ‘zero’, which was totally true.  Awkward.  Asking a girl how many miles she ran is basically announcing that you’ve checked out her rear end and find it interesting enough to ask about.

I wasn’t doing anything to make him feel any better about checking out my butt and trying to impress me with his carrot juicing knowledge.  Poor thing… he was trying.

Anyway….

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Onions and garlic go in soup, because onions and garlic always go in soup.

Duh.

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An apple and ginger can totally go in soup too.  These two items can also go in spice cake… but we’re not here for cake.  Concentrate, will you!?

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Carrots, apple, and ginger cook down beautifully in this soup.  The carrots are slightly sweet and full of good-for-you-things.  The apple adds a necessary touch of sweetness (although it doesn’t taste distinctly apple-y in this soup), and the ginger is perfectly spicy.  It’s good for you.  It’s orange.  It’s really delicious with buttered bread… that goes for just about anything in life, though.

This whole mess is vegan too.  Minus the delicious buttered bread.  Silly.

Carrot Apple Ginger Soup

serves 4

guided by this recipe.

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3 tablespoons olive oil

1 small yellow onion, sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1 small apple, peeled and sliced

4 to 5 cups sliced, peeled carrots (about 1 1/2 pounds)

4 cups vegetable broth

pinch of nutmeg

salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onions and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add ginger and garlic and cook for one minute, until fragrant.  Add sliced apples and diced carrots and cook for 3 minutes more.

Turn flame to medium-high and add vegetable broth.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce flame to low and simmer, uncovered,  until carrots and apples are softened, about 30 minutes.  Remove pan from the flame and let rest for 10 minutes.

Blend the soup in batches in a blender.  Be sure not to fill the blender more than halfway full or hot soup will explode everywhere.  Not cool.  Also, when blending hot liquids in a blender, leave the blender lid slightly ajar to let some of the steam escape.

Once all of the soup is blended, return to the pot.  You may decide that you want you soup a bit thinner in consistency.  Add more vegetable broth if you’d like.  Taste, and add a dash of fresh ground nutmeg, as well as salt and pepper to taste.  The soup won’t need much pepper, as ginger is pretty spicy.

Serve with a drizzle of quality olive oil, a sprinkling of fresh cracked pepper, and a few carrot top sprigs… cause you’re fancy, and whatnot.

Soup will last, in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.  Soup also freezes well.  Thaw in the fridge before reheating.

202 thoughts on “Carrot Apple Ginger Soup

  1. I would love to know where I can purchase the black and turquoise floral dishes you display. SO cute!
    Thanks! And I love the colors too and the soup looks awesome and delicious. Will make for my son when he comes home this week :)

  2. MMMMMM….love it! Can’t wait to make it! I feel for the cute boy…..I am so impressed that you can eat all the beautiful food and desserts you make and then still look that great in super tight work out pants. *sigh* you are inspiring me to start working out again!
    Thanks for your great posts!

  3. That soup looks really tasty! I agree that the color of the food makes the difference. I live in Uruguay, which has a strong meat tradition. My favourite food is a red juicy roasted beef, and I particulary like the red color in food.
    Have you ever been to Uruguay? You should try our barbecues, they are unique! Let me share a video of Anthony Bourdain eating some “asado” during his trip to Uruguay. The end is really funny: http://bit.ly/gZju5
    Nice blog, congratulations!

  4. looks super yum. can’t wait to move this weekend and get all of my kitchen supplies outta storage. first thing i might make is soup, or something that requires an immersion blender or food processor.

  5. All of my soups are orange and they all have an unreasonable amount of ginger in them. These are usually my “I am gross and need to be less gross (healthy) so let’s boil some orange things” foods, but then I add one thousand spoonfuls of sour cream to my bowl because I am gross.

    Orange soup party!

  6. The last time a cute young guy flirted with me, I eventually married him. My husband is 15 years younger than me….and we’ve been together almost 20 years. Never underestimate those cute young guys, they sometimes have a lot to offer……! :)

  7. This post made me laugh out loud… to the point where my co-worker was staring at me with concern. I then proceeded to read her your ditty about the juice, pants, and rear. She in turn laughed out loud. Bonding moment at work. Your blog never fails to bring a smile to my face. Thanks for being you.

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