Carrot Ginger Soup

This 7-ingredient carrot ginger soup is one of our favorite recipes for brightening up cold days. Creamy & refreshing, it's a satisfying, cozy meal.

Carrot Soup Recipe with Ginger

If you went to your farmers market over the weekend and came home with a beautiful bunch of carrots, then this carrot soup recipe is for you. They’re the main ingredient in this easy recipe, along with a few staples that you likely already have in your kitchen.

Carrot Soup Recipe Ingredients

This easy soup recipe is just 7 ingredients, and it’s so simple and delicious with no cream, no cashew cream, and no coconut cream (ok just a tad for garnish, but it’s really not necessary). The creamy base of the soup comes purely from the pureed carrots. Here’s what else makes it so darn good:

  1. Ginger adds a lovely freshness and plays well with the carrots’ sweetness.
  2. Onion and garlic give it depth of flavor.
  3. Extra-virgin olive oil adds richness.
  4. Apple cider vinegar makes it bright & tangy.
  5. And veggie broth gets the blender moving and ties it all together.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, and add a bit of maple to sweeten it up, if you wish. That’s it!

Carrot Ginger Soup Serving Suggestions

I made this carrot soup a full meal by serving it with a simple massaged kale salad made of leftover brown rice, a few carrot curls, dried cranberries, a drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. I also smashed some avocado on toast and topped it with dollops of pesto. It would be excellent with herbed farro as well. For more salad inspiration, check out this post. 

The soup is great on its own, but it’s extra tasty with scoops of pesto that I made out of the carrot tops. I’ve made carrot top pesto before, but this is the first time I’ve made it with only the carrot greens and no other herbs. Because who has basil this time of year?

Like most soups, this carrot soup keeps well in the fridge for a few days, so it would be a great make-ahead Thanksgiving starter or weekday lunch. See this post for my best meal prep tips and this one for more lunch ideas.

Carrot Ginger Soup

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Carrot Soup Recipe with Ginger

rate this recipe:
4.97 from 352 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 46 minutes
Serves 3 to 4
This easy 7-ingredient carrot ginger soup is great for warming up on cold nights. With a luscious creamy texture from the blended carrots, it's totally vegan - no dairy or nuts required!


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 pound carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup, optional
  • coconut milk for garnish, optional


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, salt and pepper and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the smashed garlic cloves (they’ll get blended later) and carrots to the pot and cook 8 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the ginger, apple cider vinegar, and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly and transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add a little water. If you would like your soup a little sweeter, add the maple syrup.
  • Serve with a drizzle of coconut milk, if desired.



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Rate this recipe (after making it)

  1. Laura

    5 stars
    I made this recipe – it’s great but not nearly enough ginger – I made it 2 tablespoons of ginger and added it with the onions and garlic, it adds a nice spice. I also used the whole yellow onion.

  2. Kate

    5 stars
    Delicious soup, love the sweetness of carrots combined with the warmth of the ginger. I also added celery sticks. No Maple syrup required and only a little lemon for brightness. Just what my recovering from illness body is craving. Thank you 😊

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Kate, I’m so glad you loved the recipe!

  3. Cindy

    5 stars
    This soup is fantastic! I took a couple of reviewer’s suggestions and made the following changes:
    Added 3 chopped celery stalks to the onions to saute, added 2 generous teaspoons of red curry paste, cut vegetable broth to 2 cups, then added about 1 1/2 cups coconut milk after blending, to thin to desired consistency, lemon juice instead of vinegar. Since we are in the heat of the summer here in Texas, I served the soup cold in chilled bowls, and it was loved by all.

    • stephanie

      Sounds good but this is literally a completely different soup LOL

  4. 5 stars
    I tripled this recipe when I made this soup for a group of volunteers’ morning tea. They help every week to pack fruit and vegetables for Co-ops I manage. They loved the soup. Rather than using vinegar, I used lemon juice. It brightens the flavour of the soup, and helps the carrot flavour to shine. I added 3 celery sticks at the onion frying stage. Celery added a nice little bite of spice and savoury-ness to the soup. I’ve also made the soup using curry pastes, Thai, Indian and Japanese curries work beautifully.

  5. Paula

    4 stars
    I don’t think it needed any apple cider vinegar. It was delicious until I added that. It completely changed the taste in the negative.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Paula, thanks for your comment! Feel free to scale back or omit the vinegar in the future, or try rice vinegar for a milder flavor.

    • Paula

      Guess what I ended up doing? I saw your recipe for Carrot coconut soup across the banner at the top of the page and added Thai red curry paste and coconut milk and I LOVED it! That’s a recipe I will definitely make again, so tasty.

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        I’m so glad you loved it!

    • Newman Adrienne

      5 stars
      I agree, vinegar was a little too much. Lemon juice worked very well instead. I added it a little at a time, to make sure it didn’t over power the the delicate flavour of the soup.

    • Karissa

      5 stars
      This is sooooo good. Only difference I made was I added about 1/2 cup of cream. I love the addition of the apple cider vinegar, I think it brings out the sweetness of the carrots.

  6. Mike

    1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar was too much, and I had to add about 1 cup of cream to hide the flavor, then it was perfect. I probably also added about 1 cup of water to make up for what evaporated during cooking.

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