Fire-roasted tomatoes mellow out the sweetness of the carrots, while ginger adds an unexpected zing in this low-fat vegan carrot and tomato soup.
Last week my husband came home with a 5-pound bag of organic carrots. “Kroger was out of the smaller bags,” he said. “So I thought you could make that carrot soup you’ve been talking about.” Me? Carrot soup? Clearly D has some other, carrot-loving wife he’s confusing me with because carrot soup is not something I spend much time talking about. You see–true confession–I’m a vegan who doesn’t really care for carrots.
Oh, I like them fine as a small component of some soup or stew. And I prefer them cooked to raw, though I can tolerate raw baby carrots if I load them down with enough hummus. I’m just not a big fan of concentrated carrot flavor, so no carrot juice or carrot soup for me. Or so I thought.
My over-crowded refrigerator convinced me otherwise. The gargantuan bag of carrots wouldn’t fit inside a vegetable drawer, so I had to clear out space for it smack dab in the middle of the fridge. I couldn’t get anything on that shelf in or out without moving the carrots, so very quickly I started trying to think of ways that I could get rid of them. And, of course, I came back around to the idea of carrot soup. I mean, did husband D really think I mentioned carrot soup, or was that his smooth way of asking for carrot soup? Maybe I should make carrot soup.
And so I started looking at carrot soup recipes and trying to imagine how all those carrots were going to taste. I looked at curried ones and gingery ones and one hummus-inspired one, but in the end, they all revolved around carrots. (Imagine that.) Finally, I spotted one that offered me an answer. It combined carrots with tomatoes. I love tomato soup, so I could imagine loving a carrot-tomato soup. And I did.
I got out all my appliances for this recipe. I used a food processor to chop the garlic and ginger and to slice the carrots, making the prep time very short. And then I used my Vitamix to blend the soup and my spiralizer to make the garnish.
I’m just lucky that long ago my husband agreed to always clean up if I cooked. He didn’t know what he was getting himself into! The clean-up may have been tedious, but we both loved the soup. The fire-roasted tomatoes cut the carrot flavor just enough for my taste without completely hiding it. Unfortunately, our teenager thought it was too gingery, so if you’re cooking for a picky child, consider replacing the ginger with cumin or Italian seasonings.
Gingery Carrot and Tomato Soup
- 1 large onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger root minced
- 3 - 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 1/2 pounds carrots about 6 large, trimmed, peeled, and sliced
- 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes fire-roasted preferred
- 2 - 3 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce or wheat-free tamari
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or hot smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon tahini
- Heat a large, non-stick pot and add the onions. Cook, stirring often, until they soften. (If they start to stick, add water by the tablespoon.) Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.
- Add 3 cups of the vegetable broth, carrots, and pepper or paprika. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook until the carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, EXCEPT tahini.
- Transfer half of the soup to a blender. Leave the top ajar (or remove the center cup from the Vitamix) and cover with a kitchen towel to allow steam to escape. Blend, beginning on low and increasing to high speed, until soup is completely smooth. Pour into another pot and repeat with the remaining soup.
- Simmer, covered, on very low heat for at least 20 minutes to allow flavors to blend. (The soup tastes better the longer it cooks, so if you have the time, give it longer.) If it seems too thick, add additional vegetable broth. Stir in the tahini, check seasonings, and add salt or additional red pepper to taste. Cook for another minute or two before serving hot, garnished with spiralized carrots, if you like.
Nutritional info is approximate.
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stacey hanleyJanuary 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm
Will cashews, or peanut butter work instead of tahini? just trying to cut down a little bit on the cost
Susan VoisinJanuary 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm
Yes, I think that either would work. Hope you enjoy it.
BarbOctober 20, 2022 at 7:01 pm
Oh! I hadn’t thought of peanut butter, I may try that next time.
EmmaJanuary 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm
Looks delicious! I happen to love carrots and probably eat them pretty much every day, raw, cut into sticks for dipping usually. My family joke that I’m turning orange 🙂
Great idea to use the food processor for quick prep.
Susan GrahamJanuary 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm
Looks like a great recipe! I think there may be a mistake in the first instruction. Did you mean to add the onions to the pot as the first step rather than the carrots?
Susan VoisinJanuary 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm
Thanks! That’s exactly what I meant. I’ll make the change now.
RochelleJanuary 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm
How did you know I had too many carrots 🙂
You always seem to have the answer of “What’s for dinner?” 🙂
ChanaJanuary 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm
Susan, if I fly you and your family in to NYC will you live here and cook for me every day?? All your creations are so beautiful and inspiring.
When’s your book coming out????
JulieJanuary 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm
Any way you can use measurements instead of one large onion and 4 cloves of garlic? My husband is taking over cooking duties and this kind of “measurement” drives his engineering mind crazy!
His complaint – and I do agree with him – is onions, garlic or other fruit or vegetable size varies so what I would consider large may be 2.5 cups while his large may be 1 cup.
While I know many recipes it doesn’t really matter but I thought I’d ask, especially for new cooks, it can cut down on the stress while learning.
Tami@Nutmeg NotebookJanuary 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm
Over the summer I had the best carrot ginger soup at a vegan restaurant and I never thought I’d enjoy a carrot based soup so much. Your recipe with tomatoes sounds wonderful!
moonwatcherJanuary 8, 2014 at 6:55 pm
This sounds divine! I am a lover of carrots, but I am also a lover of carrots and fire roasted tomatoes together. I usually put a small amount of carrot in my pasta sauce made with fire roasted tomatoes. I like the addition of a little tahini into this soup–I think that would go just right with the ginger, carrots and tomatoes. And I love the spiralized carrot on top!! Beautiful photos. xo
KateJanuary 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm
I had boxed carrot/ginger soup last night! This looks WAY better, though.
nicoleJanuary 9, 2014 at 7:08 am
Do you drain the can of tomatoes first? Also, could you roast your carrots first?
Susan VoisinJanuary 9, 2014 at 8:07 am
No, I use the tomatoes juice and all. I haven’t tried roasting the carrots, but I’m sure that would be good.
Karen FaivreJanuary 9, 2014 at 8:53 am
Don’t forget abut juicing – you can blow through a lot of carrots that way. And the Eat to Live cookbook has recipes that use carrot juice…
Susan VoisinJanuary 9, 2014 at 9:16 am
Thanks for the idea, but I really, REALLY hate carrot juice in any way, shape, or form. That’s one of the reason’s Dr. Fuhrman’s recipes don’t appeal to me.
VictoriaJanuary 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm
I thought this would be good, but it’s way past good and well into the AMAZING spectrum. Thank you!!!!
orthohawkJanuary 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm
This sounds simply marvelous and it just so happens the store down the street had a huge sale on organic carrots this week. I’m assuming it’s OK to use a stick blender instead? I don’t have a Vitamix (and due to the price probably won’t anytime soon) plus my lazy side has an extreme aversion to dirtying more dishes than is absolutely necessary ;).
I wonder how this would taste with a can of coconut milk in it? Yes, I know that would defeat the “fat free” part of your blog ;), but I do a curried carrot and red lentil soup with coconut milk and it’s heavenly, even if my curry hating friends say it tastes like feet…..feh what do they know!
One more note for all the Kindle users out there: If you copy the recipe in a Word document, you can send it to your “kindle address” that you got from, er, “the company” and it will download onto your kindle in the proper format (no pics though, drat). I have nice little FFV “cookbook” on my machine now.
Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuseJanuary 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm
Hi! I’m a first time commenter and I recently started subscribing to your blog (it was suggested by BlogLovin). I love love love this soup! I have a bag of carrots sitting in my fridge untouched, but lately all I’ve been craving is cooked, hot food and raw carrots just don’t seem appealing to me right now. This soup looks amazing and I’m totally going to steal that little carrot garnish trick for my photos =P
Just wondering why you don’t add the tahini until the end? Does cooking tahini do something funny to it?
RebeccaJanuary 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm
Do you remember however many weeks ago on FB when you asked what people were having for dinner that night? Someone mentioned a soup she had made. . . and I swear, I really think it was a curried ginger carrot soup. I remember a few of us commented on it, saying that sounded great (I even think *you* did!). . . and unless I really have lost my mind, I think I may have asked you to recreate that reader’s soup for us. I have to wonder if you had mentioned that reader’s comment/soup to your husband. . . and maybe it’s YOU who’s nuts – not us! 😉 Either way, though, I can’t wait to make this! Your soups are in a constant daily rotation for my dinners (I, too, prefer one-pot cooking that gets all my high nutrient foods in one easy bowl)!
Susan VoisinJanuary 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm
Ha! Rebecca, you are probably right! These days I can hardly remember my name, so I probably mentioned your request for a carrot ginger soup to my husband. That would explain a lot. Thanks for solving the mystery (though not the mystery of my missing memory)!
RebeccaJanuary 12, 2014 at 3:55 pm
Ha! Happy to help 😉
WernerJanuary 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm
Didn’t like carrot juice back in the 70s and still don’t – and not really a huge tomato soup fan, either. But…this soup is delectable! Complex taste, luscious texture, so filling yet low-cal. Perfect balance of savory/sweet seems so “foodie”. Served with a dollop of homemade soy yogurt (forced into my own resources since the Whole Soy & Co. hiatus). Absolutely wonderful, a family favorite. Thanks!
Kathy GJanuary 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm
This looks and sounds good! I do love carrots and tomatoes so I imagine this to be a good combination.
One question though, what did you do with the other 3 1/2 pounds of carrots?!
Susan VoisinJanuary 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm
Ha! They’re still in the fridge! Let me know if you have any suggestions for what I can make with them. 🙂
orthohawkJanuary 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm
How about a couple more batches of this soup! I made it today and it is truly dee-vine! My stick blender left it a bit too “gritty” so I ended up running it thru the blender anyway; I used the saucepan I cooked up the veggie broth out of the carrot, onion, and garlic scraps from prep. Plus I went a little overboard on the cayenne (used half a tsp instead of a quarter) but I like spicy food, so it turned out OK. Another “go-to” soup for my collection!
Linda MelgozaFebruary 24, 2016 at 8:23 pm
Make more soup and freeze it for a simple meal on a busy or tired day 🙂
SunshineJanuary 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm
Could you do this in the electric pressure cooker? I have a Fagor that also has the slow cook function that may work well for letting it simmer longer. I think I shall try it and report back.
55walkerJanuary 12, 2015 at 4:01 am
I was in a hurry and just put all the raw ingredients in my electric cooker at high pressure for two minutes with quick release and it is awesome soup.
Corrin RaddJanuary 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm
Made this today. Yummy.
BrendaJanuary 14, 2014 at 11:45 am
What a tasty soup! I’m not crazy about carrots, either, but based on your blog, I decided to give it a try. I’m an certainly glad I did. This was very good!
I’ll be cooking this one again!
DebbiJanuary 15, 2014 at 3:11 am
I love tomato soup, but not so sure about the ginger. Will give it a go though. Nothing gained and all that 🙂
devyaniJanuary 16, 2014 at 7:39 pm
Have you tried vegan gajar (carrot) kaa halwa?
YUMM to eat in winter. Best use of carrots ever.
JulieJanuary 19, 2014 at 11:46 am
Mmmmm. Perfect winter soup. Usually I juice carrots when I buy them in abundance, but this is a great tip. Tasty idea Susan!
LisaJanuary 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm
I made this recipe over the weekend. I decided to add a bit of light coconut milk and some leftover cooked sweet potato. Enjoyed it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
AmandaJanuary 31, 2014 at 6:29 am
Wondering what you think about substituting low fat pb for the tahini, and/or omitting it altogether (for allergy reasons)?
Susan VoisinJanuary 31, 2014 at 8:21 am
I think peanut butter would give it a great flavor. Good idea!
MarionFebruary 25, 2014 at 10:57 pm
I just made this. I added 3 cups of broth, and 28oz of diced tomatoes, and 1 tsp of ground pepper. I didn’t add the tahini though as I didn’t want to purchase it for 1tsp. However! this is the best thing that I’ve ever made. EVER. To quicken the cooking process I grated the carrots before adding it in as I used my Kenwood immersion blender. It worked really well. The recipe made about 7.5 cups.
MaryFebruary 27, 2014 at 8:28 am
lucky me–I just found your site! 😀 I suppose it would be alright to just juice the carrots (vs. chop/cook) and add the tomatoes, sauteed garlic/onion after? It would save my lazy bones some of the prep time 😉 I wonder if adding in a can of cannellini beans would taste good too, though I do like tahini. great ideas 🙂 thanks
PS I have yet to find ‘smoked’ paprika, is it actually labeled smoked? Will it make a diff if I just use regular?
The Vegan JunctionMarch 1, 2015 at 3:05 pm
Carrot and tomato, I’m sure that’s a combination that’ll go over well. I’ll give this recipe a go tonight!
PatriciaJuly 8, 2015 at 8:10 am
I came across your soups and thought wow , I hope you don’t mind but would love to use your reciepes
JanetDecember 6, 2015 at 8:41 am
I also dislike carrots, but I made this earlier in the week in a slow cooker and loved it!!! Tasted like a delicious tomato soup. Today I am attempting it in the InstantPot.
Anders SvensonMarch 1, 2016 at 6:51 am
Hello Susan! This recipe looks great and crispy. All the creations of this recipe are so beautiful and inspiring. The sound of this dish is very tasty. Thanks for sharing.
denise condreayApril 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm
Sounds wonderful! I make a wonderful carrot and canned pumpkin soup with potato!!! Sweet, creamy and wonderful!!!
Billie St. MarieJanuary 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Love, love, love all your recipes. I will try this one too. My vitamix is fabulous ! Can you recommend a good food processor, I’m not sure which one to get, sooooooo many…Thank you
Susan VoisinJanuary 8, 2018 at 7:16 pm
Thank you, Billie! I bought a Breville food processor last year, and I absolutely love it. I’d had Cuisinarts before, and the Breville is just so much better and easier to use. But it’s very expensive. Here’s a link to the one I have, but there’s a smaller version that costs less: http://amzn.to/2CJ4Nhx
KimJanuary 9, 2019 at 3:06 pm
Hi Susan, I love this soup ( admittedly with my alterations: no soy sauce, a tad, a pinch really per cup of salt and sugar, and 1 cup of sherry) ! Thx for the jumping off point. FWIW, I believe i would love your recipe as written, I just wanted a different taste . Love your food,Susan!
Annette FashelleJanuary 28, 2019 at 1:34 pm
You have a heading that says: “Search Results for: WW freestyle 0 points vegan recipes” but it’s not true. I just tried Blackberry-Lime Tartlets (I think that was the one) which is under your heading, and I was gravely disappointed when I saw, at the end of the whole thing, and after I printed it out for myself, that this recipe has 3 or 4 points. what happened? I’m counting on you and people like you to tell the truth. I’m looking for 0 POINTS WW VEGAN RECIPES ONLY. I thought you had them. I’m on the freestyle program (or would LIKE to be).
Susan VoisinJanuary 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm
I’m not sure where you saw that heading, but I don’t have one like that. I have a page called Zero Smart Points, which you can find here: https://blog.fatfreevegan.com/category/zero-points. Blueberry-Lime Tartlets aren’t on it because they contain phyllo dough and sugar. Maybe you used the search box? That would give very inaccurate results.
Traci S.March 4, 2019 at 3:02 pm
I’ve made this a few times before, and have always enjoyed it very much. You’re right about the fire-roasted tomatoes giving a nice twist on the carroty flavors! — I always follow the spirit of the recipe (rather than the ingredient-by-ingredient formula), because I prefer simple foods. So, i can tell you that even without the tahini and tamari, it was flavorful, without being something that required any special restraint on my part.
Thanks for putting and keeping such nice recipes online! I am always happy when i can go back and re-make a recipe that I’ve enjoyed in the past.
BarbOctober 20, 2022 at 7:06 pm
I’ve been making this for a few years. I love it! Lately I’ve added 1/2 cup red lentils with the carrots, makes a thicker body to the soup.