a blast from the past: creamy vegan carrot ginger soup

old school photo

I love a good carrot ginger soup but I haven’t had a bowl in ages. Funny thing is that I used to make this soup all the time. Then along came my soup-hating husband who certainly didn’t enjoy a carrot-ginger soup the way I did. Sadly, we parted ways…with the soup, duh.

That all changed tonight when it came time for dinner and my husband wasn’t around. I looked at the big bag of carrots in the fridge and that gnarled knob of ginger and made amends. And seriously, I’m not sure what took me so long.

It’s a quick soup to make. There’s not much in the way  of chopping, no knife skills needed as everything gets a pureed thanks to the good ‘ol immersion blender. I knew that a buttery-ness be nice here, so I used vegan butter rather than olive oil – but feel free to use dairy. In the past, I would often finish this soup with a dollop of  sour cream, but I wanted to make this healthier, so almond milk made for an ideal creamy substitute.

This soup was just what I needed – it was full of flavour with a nice subtle bite from the ginger and a natural sweetness from the carrots. The orange juice & zest provided a nice kick and helps to boost up the vitamin count which is more than ideal this flu-season.

Oh, and do you like my retro old-school photo? I took a kind of crappy photo and made it look pretty cool with the help of this lo-fi photo app. Thanks to Poppytalk for clueing me in!

20 comments to “a blast from the past: creamy vegan carrot ginger soup”

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    Joanne   March 9, 2011 at 3:19 am

    An oldie but a goodie. This soup sounds absolutely delicious. I love the hit of ginger as well as the hint of creaminess!

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    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)   March 9, 2011 at 4:22 am

    This looks simple and wonderful. What I don’t understand is how ANYONE can not like soup!! What’s up with that???

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    Kali   March 9, 2011 at 5:40 am

    To the soup manor, some are soup born. Others are soup-averse.

    Regardless, this looks yummy and is going into the dinner file for next week (this week’s dinner file is full).

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    Liz   March 9, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Is there any way to do this sans immersion blender?!

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    sarah piper   March 9, 2011 at 8:35 am

    perfect pre-spring soup! It’s totally raining here today, and I would love a cup of soup.

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    cindy   March 9, 2011 at 9:09 am

    it sounds wonderful, i do love the combination of carrot and ginger. my hubby doesn’t like soup either…he says that after he eats it, he has to look for somethng to eat.

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    Janani   March 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I am quickly becoming an ardent soup-lover; simple soups like this only make my conviction stronger. I like my soups quite spicy… would you suggest adding a lot of cilantro or something like that ? I’m not sure what would go well with the italian herb flavor. Red pepper flakes perhaps ?

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    hag   March 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I have to be honest … the lo-fi app was the thing that really caught my eye ( how cool – thanks for sharing!) over the carrot soup. Generally I am not really a fan of carrot soup… but I bet the addition of the orange juice and zest might make all the difference. I might just have to give it a try.

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    Bijoux   March 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Once upon a time I too disliked soups, just like Cornelius. I think it was because I was raised in a household where there was always some kind of soup bubbling away and I just got sick of it. I love ginger-carrot combinations and I’ve had carrot ginger soup in the past so I know this soup will be very good, especially with the zing of orange zest and the butter, mmm. The retro style photo is super cool too!

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    Maddie   March 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I think that heaven is a bowl of soup and a slice of toasted baguette, so I’m all over this (lo-fi) post. Any chance you can “convert” Cornelius? My boyfriend is an avowed soup-hater, but I keep making the stuff and he’s starting to warm up to it…fingers crossed!

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    Rocky Mountain Woman   March 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    This looks wonderful! I used to make something similar and haven’t had it in years.

    This weekend, baby me and this recipe have a date!

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    heather   March 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    We also enjoy a good carrot ginger or curried carrot soup now and then, though as the weather warms I can’t foresee many soup days in our future. At least for a while. I can’t remember if my recipe has orange zest in it, but if not, I’m definitely adding it next time. Crusty bread? A must!



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    Meister @ The Nervous Cook   March 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Why are carrot & ginger so perfect for each other?? This sounds great: I probably need some right… now.

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    Chihiro   March 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    This sounds perfect for a post-exam-too-many-bad-chocolate-muffins detox.

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    Shirleen   March 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    This a fabulous! It feels like we’ve gone from Summer straight into Winter (no one can find Autumn!) over here. And soups are one of the FEW things I look forward to when the temperature starts to drop. I love this soup and its going straight onto my soup-to-make list. Thanks for posting it!

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    Eva   March 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I heart soup. Especially this kind 🙂 Like the healthy elements…will try when my (also soup hating) husband is vacant from the house! Love the picture!

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    Renee   March 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I make soup all the time, and carrot ginger is a staple in my kitchen too. Sometimes I finish it with a little coconut milk, and a swirl of maple syrup. Yummers!

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    Kimberley   March 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I must confess that I do not understand how people can’t love soup! It’s one of my absolute favorite things. I especially love it when they’re super simple to make, like this one.

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    kickpleat   March 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Thanks Joanne, it’s a great combo!

    Rivki, that was one of my first thoughts when we met. It seems totally crazy not to like soup.

    Ha, Kali, very well put.

    Liz, you could use a blender, but I think if you don’t have one of those either, you’re not going to get a very good texture. Mashing will only do so much.

    How hopefully put, Sarah: pre-spring! I love it.

    Cindy, my husband doesn’t mind chunky soups, but he just hates purees. It’s insanity!

    Janani, yes, add as much spice as you like. Red pepper flakes or even a spicy garam masala would do nicely here. I wanted to keep this simple to showcase the flavours, but you could add what you like.

    Thanks Hag. I’d give it a try. I really like it and it’s so easy to make.

    Bijoux, I came from the same household, but I loved it instead of turning the other way.

    Maddie, I’d love to convert him – and he does like chunky soups which is good – but in over 8 years together I don’t think there’s much hope!

    Yes, I hope you enjoy it RMW!

    Heather, crusty bread is always a must for a soup like this!

    Meister, it’s such a great combo – especially when you add in some orange too!

    Chihiro, that sounds perfect!

    Well, I hope you enjoy this one as you transition into soup weather, Shirleen!

    Ha, glad to know I’m not alone with the soup-hating husbands – seems like there are a few out there!

    Renee, coconut milk sounds like a perfect addition. And I know maple syrup would be just as delicious. Yum.

    Thanks Kimberley, you’re obviously a very sensible person 🙂

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