Monday, November 1, 2010

Carrot Ginger Soup ( Vegan Chicken like soup)

Vegans like to have a plant based broth to serve as their chicken wanna be soup. This carrot ginger soup is perfect.  It is a light broth with a rich soothing taste- with many of the vegetables that are in a traditional chicken soup ( but without the chicken of course) 

I've made this soup at family gatherings where most of the guests are meat eaters. Actually, they were surprised to find out that it was not regular chicken soup! The flavor is so good, it can food even my 93 year old mother in law who still can't quite get the " vegetarian way of eating." 

I serve this soup two ways

The first way to serve it is to leave it as a clear broth that I serve with rice noodles or my fabulous  homemade gluten free matzo balls.  

The second version is a thick delicious creamy puree. The basic recipe is so fast and easy, you can have homemade healthy soup in just 30 minutes!

 Clear Warming Broth Topped With Scallions

Thick Carrot Ginger Puree With Fresh Rosemary

Make this soup 2 Ways

As a broth- it is perfect for when its cold outside, or when you are feeling a little under the weather. It is soothing, light, and nutritious. The concentration of carrots and parsnips give it a slightly sweet taste that is kind of like a -chicken soup and feels healing like chicken soup.

Creamy Puree -It can also be made into a creamy thick puree by just processing the broth in the blender or using an immersion blender. Personally, I like it best this way. I like to top it off with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a little handful of fresh thyme from my herb garden. Yum!

Is it healthy? 
You bet ! Carrots are full of beta carotene which converts to Vitamin A, the fresh ginger is bursting with health protecting antioxidants,  the onion has quercetin which boosts immunity, and parsnips provide minerals and potassium. This is an easy, yet healthy soup that the whole family will love.

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Author: Judee Algazi from Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


5 cups water
2 cups vegetable broth
1 medium onion, diced
8 organic carrots, sliced
2 TBSP olive oil
1 large parsnip, cut into 6 large pieces ( cut down the middle and then cut in threes)
1/2 cup parsley
1/4 cup grated fresh ginger
1 ball of Asian style rice noodles
3 scallions, chopped for garnish
Himalayan Salt to taste


Clear Broth Soup
Bring 5 cups water to a boil, turn off heat and set aside. Saute the carrots, onions and ginger in a dutch oven in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir frequently. Add boiling water, parsley, parsnip and bring back to a boil, reduce to a simmer cooking slowly until carrots are tender about 15-20 minutes. Soup can be eaten plain or add a ball of Asian rice noodles and cook until noodle is separated and soft ( about 3-4 minutes). Add salt and pepper if desired and garnish with sliced scallions.

My notes: 
For a real treat leave out the noodles and make my fabulous gluten free matzo balls
Use a wide pot to make the soup instead of a tall narrow soup pot .

Pureed Soup
Follow the directions and at the end puree with an immersion blender ( or in the blender)

Saute Vegetables

Add Water and Cook Until Carrots Are Soft

Add Asian Rice Noodles During Last 5 Minutes
Version 1:  Vegetable Soup with rice noodles; add a dash  of cinnamon or allspice for a sweet taste or add salt for a more savory taste.

Version 2:  Add a little salt and puree soup in blender! Yum...

Either way, this recipe makes a great soup!


  1. MMMM! This looks awesome! I don't have as much experience with parsnips as I'd like, but I love the other flavors... and would almost certainly go for the pureed version. YUM!

  2. Yummy. I love the ginger in this. I add a parsnip and a sweet potato to many of my soups. Habit would cause me to add that sweet potato here, too.

    Thanks for linking this to MMM.

  3. Sweet potato would make it heavier, but would taste great too!

  4. Hi Judee,

    I had prepared soup but not with parsnip, you've added ginger that surely brings out the flavor of this easy and nutritious soup, thanks for sharing this great recipe..

  5. I might add a teensy bit of miso, just to kick this soup into SUPER HEALTHY territory. Fantastic recipe though, I look forward to making this as the weather gets colder and colder.

  6. Just made a pot of pumpkin soup for lunch today. Maybe I need another pot of orange soup this week.

  7. It's getting cold where I live too and a soup would just hit the spot - I do need to try your Asian veggie soup! Thanks!

  8. looks great, love your recipe and thanks for sharing! craving for some soup now! happy weekend! :)

  9. I know I've already told you how much I love this, but I love it!! Thanks for linking with Friday Potluck this week :)

  10. I love to make carrot-ginger soup too! It's awesome, especially with a little cilantro.

  11. wow! Thoe soups looks very comforting!

  12. Wow! Fast, easy and delicious!

    I host a weekly meme called Seasonal Sundays and would love to have you and your delcious soup come join us.

    - The Tablescaper

  13. Thanks for letting me know about your Seasonal Sundays at Tablescaper. Just checked out your site and was in bliss with all the beautiful photos and music...Will definetely be stopping by again and hope to participate in one of your Seasonal Sundays.

  14. Carrot ginger soup sounds so flavorful. Plus, the ginger would have a wonderful warming effect.

  15. Nice, great pair with orange carrots and ginger to warm!!
    I would love chunky or smooth:-)

  16. That looks SO good!! I love soup and it's definitely getting cold enough here to make it!! Thanks for sharing! And thank you for visiting me at Wingledings! The Cinnamon Bun Popcorn is always a hit at my house and it's so easy!! Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

  17. Hi, came over from North Dakota Kitchen! Your soup looks amazing!

  18. I'm always thrilled to discover gluten-free blogs! I found yours through the FAR link-up and will be using your recipes in my weekly menu plans. Thanks!

  19. It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  20. What a great recipe this is! It's so informative! I would absolutely love it if you would share this on Frugally Sustainable: I am hosting a linky for foods that heal and I think this would be perfect:) Btw...I'm loving your blog!

  21. I love Asian flavors, this one sounds like its a must try soon... bookmarked and thanks for sharing on CES and being part of the team!

  22. Carrot and ginger is a great combo! I'm hosting a weekly blog carnival specifically for soups, stocks and chowders, every Sunday. I would love it if you would come over and post this recipe. Here's a link with more info.

    I hope to see you there!

  23. Thanks for sharing this warming soup with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  24. I love a healthy, hearty yummy soup during the Fall and Winter season! Thanks for the recipe and thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

  25. I'm looking forward to giving this recipe a try! I would be thrilled if you would link it to Spa{ahhh} Sundaze. (
    Your newest follower!

  26. Looks delish!

    We'd love for you to share your recipes with us at

    Simply Delish Saturday

  27. You are featured on New Nostalgia's Anti-Procrastination Tuesday! Thanks for linking up!

  28. We just love Carrot Soup and your recipe looks so delicious. Your photo is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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