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Beet Ginger Coconut & Carrot Soup

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.

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Coconut Ginger Beet & Carrot Soup

Ingredients

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.

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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.

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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! 

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8 Responses

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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!

  2. 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.

    1. 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!

  3. 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!

    1. 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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Georgette Jupe

Welcome to my personal blog by a curious American girl living and working between Zug, Switzerland and Florence, Italy with my husband Nico and our beagle Ginger. This space is primarily to share about my love for Italy (currently on a 13 year romance) with afar amount of real talk, practical advice, travel suggestions and adjusting to a new culture (Switzerland).

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