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Beet Ginger Coconut & Carrot Soup

09.09.2014 8 Comments

It’s no secret to anyone who reads this blog or knows me in person, that I am more than a little obsessed with ginger. My affinity for Moscow Mules is due to the satisfying bite that ginger beer provides. Also I should mention my 7-month old beagle is named after this dynamic spice. Short of having this root tattooed on my ankle, I put it in almost every single dish, minus pasta, that I make. After a whirlwind August and September and a lot of traveling, both Nico and I are looking to eat a little healthier while at home to balance all of the ‘on the go’ food which often is anything but light. Beets are one of my favorite vegetables, and happen to be quite the super-food. Hence it was high time to whip up a fresh, tasty soup which was the perfect way to feel good before stuffing my face with yet more truffle pasta. Plus it allowed me to add my precious zenzero (ginger) without it being too overpowering for the palate.

One thing to note is that you can really have fun with this recipe, for example roasting the carrots or adding some curry paste . I suggest baking a loaf of fragrant garlic bread to go with this hearty soup, which is great served both warm and cold.


Coconut Ginger Beet & Carrot Soup


3 Medium beets, washed, peeled and chopped
¾ lb carrots, peeled and diced
1 medium-sized red onion
1-inch piece of ginger, minced
3 cloves garlic
1 cup coconut milk
4 cups vegetable stock
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. turmeric (or more to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh herbs and a sliver of ginger & julienned beets to garnish (optional), 1 tsp zest of an orange or lemon.

In a large soup pot set over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil. Toss in the roughly chopped carrots, minced fresh ginger and cook while stirring frequently for around five minutes. Next goes in your fabulous beets and you can add your vegetable stock (or just water) and coconut milk, bringing to a boil. Toss in the turmeric and cover and simmer for around 40 minutes until your veggies are tender, then you should add your lemon or orange zest.


Puree the soup or use an immersion blender (remember the soup will be hot) and return it to the pot to reheat. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh herb, thinly sliced ginger (optional) and Julienne style-beets. I served mine with hot, crusty garlic bread fresh from the oven.


A soup that will have you coming back for seconds, thirds and possibly fourths – I like it that much! Anyone else have an obsession with ginger like me? I’d lobe to hear your recipes! 


Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as social media manager and content editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' Moscow mule and laughs with the girls.

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    gillian 09.09.2014 at 17:14

    I JUST saw beets at the store! I know what I am making for dinner tomorrow. This sounds amazing.

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      GirlInFlorence 09.09.2014 at 17:16

      Let me know how it goes :). Honestly this is probably one of the easiest soups I’ve made in awhile and it is so so tasty. I suggest making a big pot since it makes good leftovers as well, enjoy!

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    Catherine Bolton 09.09.2014 at 17:42

    Not about the soup, but the ginger obsession. I have a piece of candied ginger every day after lunch. I LOVE the stuff.

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      GirlInFlorence 09.09.2014 at 17:43

      I know how you feel. Nico himself loves it where as I am not much of a ‘sweets’ person. I keep wondering when my ginger obsession will wane, but nope – still going strong!

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    Mandy 10.09.2014 at 14:21

    I, too, am a ginger obsessive. I recommend the Dark n Stormy, Gin Gin Mule and El Diablo cocktails since you’re a fan of ginger beer.

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      GirlInFlorence 10.09.2014 at 16:36

      Hello Mandy! I have tried the gin gin mule and I love it! El Diablo is going to be the next ‘victim’ of my ginger adventures, thanks for sharing this!

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    Alex Smookler 11.09.2014 at 19:10

    I too love ginger! I am happy to see it popping up more and more in Italy. My (Italian) husband, however, not so convinced…maybe I will have to make the soup when he is away. It looks delicious!

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      GirlInFlorence 12.09.2014 at 10:28

      I find that many of my italian friends are not into anything really really spicy, especially with something like ginger so I would use less if you make it for him and just don’t let him know you used it and see what he says ;-). It was a hit at my house!

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    Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who calls Florence, Italy home for the past 11 years. I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. My bylines have appeared in Lonely Planet, Luxos Magazine, and International Living. This blog is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling and living in Italy, weekend trips around Europe, and a monthly roundup of interesting events. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!


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