Cinnamon Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup
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Soup season is here! The dreary rainy days of the Pacific Northwest have finally arrived. Sitting down with a hot bowl of this cinnamon spiced carrot ginger soup is a great way to warm you up at the end of the day.
This is a one pot easy weeknight meal that can be doubled or tripled and made in advance.
Soup + Kids
When trying to decide what to cook for dinner in our house, we try to balance flavor, nutrition, and kid-friendliness. The kids don’t dictate what we eat, but we certainly keep them in mind when cooking if we have any hope of a peaceful meal.
Unfortunately for us, our kids aren’t big soup fans. Maybe it’s a texture thing, or just a kid thing…who knows.
Because of this, soups are not a frequent meal around here unless I know there’s a good chance the kids will eat it. Plus, the two year old usually ends up with a soaking shirt if we have a broth soup!
If you have picky eaters in your house, you know how great it feels when there aren’t complaints about dinner the second it’s set down on the table.
We’ve actually started teaching our four year old to say “Thank you mommy” before she says anything else about the food. We’re hoping this ritual will remind her to first and foremost be thankful…even if she follows that by saying “this looks terrible”.
Starting meals with a thankful heart is a great practice we can all benefit from.
This soup was a hit with the grown ups and the kids. It only uses one pot to prepare, and with the help of an immersion blender it comes together quickly with simple ingredients.
My husband loves all things spicy. Especially ginger. So he adds extra ginger to his bowl. You know your audience. Add more ginger if you’re serving a spice-loving crowd.
Serve the soup with cilantro garnish and a drizzle of lemon juice.
If you want to add more spice to this soup, try adding 1/2 – 1 tsp of this homemade chai spice blend.
We love using our dutch oven for soups because we can do everything in one pot. One pot meals are awesome. It’s also fun to have a colorful pot in the kitchen arsenal. We have this one (ours is blue, but it comes in several colors).
Our immersion blender (sometimes called a stick blender) is star of the show in this recipe. This is the perfect example of a recipe that is made simpler with the help of an immersion blender.
When making a blended soup, either you ladle boiling soup into a blender and blend it in batches, trying not to burn yourself…OR…you keep the soup it in the pot on the stove and stick the immersion blender in it to blend it up.
Our kitchen has been a safer place since getting our immersion blender, that’s for sure. Anyone ever had hot boiling soup splash out the top of the blender and burn your hand? Yep. Me too.
Our zester was another valuable asset in this recipe. It’s a tool that makes using fresh ginger a lot easier. The zester helps get the juices and flavor out of the ginger, while leaving the stringy-ness of the ginger behind.
If you’re looking for a list of more tools that can save you time in your kitchen, check out this post: Essential Time Saving Tools in the Kitchen.
I’d love to hear how you like the soup. When you try it, comment below and let me know what you think. Happy cooking!
- -For the Soup-
- 1 Tbs avocado oil or coconut oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 lbs whole carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 inch ginger, peeled and finely diced
- 3 cups stock (or bone broth)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- salt, to taste
- 1 handful fresh cilantro
- juice of 1/2 - 1 lemon
- Put oil in pot and turn the burner on medium heat
- Add chopped onion and carrot to pot, season with salt
- Saute on medium heat for about 5 minutes until onions are cooked
- Add garlic powder, cinnamon, and ginger (finely diced or shredded using a zester)
- Cook for another minute, stirring to coat the carrots and onions
- Add the stock to the pot, cover, and cook until you can easily smash a carrot with a fork
- When the carrots have softened, add the coconut milk to the pot
- Use your immersion blender to blend the soup until smooth
- Taste, add salt and pepper as needed
- Garnish with cilantro and a drizzle of lemon juice
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