Carrot and Ginger Soup with Creme Fraiche and Pistachios

It’s felt like a long couple of weeks. Life in the Test Kitchen hasn’t skipped a beat — we’re well on our way into our Spring issues (almost moving on to Canadian Living’s May 2014 issue!) and I feel like the Fall months have sort of passed me by. This soup was a welcome pause in my busy schedule and a comforting meal to warm up for leftovers. The carrot/ginger combo is a classic no-brainer, it’s both sweet and tangy, with a perfect bright orange hue. I love the addition of pistachios to top the soup, although crusty bread and a dollop of creme fraiche is more than enough if you can’t be bothered with the pistachios.

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Carrot and Ginger Soup with Creme Fraiche and Pistachios
Serves 4

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
Pinch each freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon
500 g carrots, peeled and finely chopped
2 cups sodium-reduced chicken stock, or vegetable stock
1/2 cup creme fraiche
1/3 cup pistachios, chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh chives

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger, salt, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon;  cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Stir in carrots, cook until combined, about 1 minute. Stir in broth with 1/2 cup water;  bring to a boil. Simmer until carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Using immersion blender, blend until smooth, adding up to 1/2 cup of water if too thick.

Ladle into bowl, top with creme fraiche, pistachios and chives.

 
 

20 Comments on Carrot and Ginger Soup with Creme Fraiche and Pistachios

    • jennifer
      November 20, 2013 at 5:36 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I can’t get enough of that colour!

      Reply
  1. ThisBakerGirlBlogs
    November 20, 2013 at 4:37 am (3 years ago)

    This just screams comfort! Perfect for these cool autumn days/nights :)

    Reply
    • jennifer
      November 20, 2013 at 5:37 am (3 years ago)

      Definitely! It’s the kind of heart-warming food you’re looking for when the temperatures drop, isn’t it?

      Reply
  2. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    November 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm (3 years ago)

    This soup looks perfect for winter! I love the ginger/carrot combo, and pistachios sound like a wonderful addition :)

    Reply
    • jennifer
      November 24, 2013 at 5:42 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s a great pick-me-up for the colder months, and smells pretty fantastic thanks to the ginger!

      Reply
  3. Monica
    November 21, 2013 at 9:43 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love this soup all through Fall and Winter! I love the ginger and it’s just so pretty, too. Big fan of the pistachios and chives as garnishes.

    Reply
    • jennifer
      November 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  4. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    November 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm (3 years ago)

    This is so fresh looking – I love it! The colors and combination sound divine! And who doesn’t love creme fraiche? Yum!!!

    Reply
    • jennifer
      November 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Creme fraiche adds a little indulgence — which is always a good thing, right?

      Reply
  5. Shundara@SavyNaturalista
    November 22, 2013 at 9:49 am (3 years ago)

    Lovely soup! Perfect with the cold weather were having, and your photos are breath taking!!

    Reply
    • jennifer
      November 24, 2013 at 5:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  6. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely
    November 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I love carrot ginger soup, but have never found a recipe I like for it. Can’t wait to try yours, I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • jennifer
      November 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm (3 years ago)

      I like the hit of pungent ginger with a sweet carrot soup! I hope you love it as much as I do.

      Reply
  7. Ashley
    November 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh I love that you topped this soup with the pistachios. I always love their color (and taste too! lol). I can’t get enough soup recipes this time of the year – we make some at least once or twice a week!

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    • jennifer
      November 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm (3 years ago)

      We’ve had such perfect soup weather this past week — I’ve been in a soup mode too!

      Reply
  8. Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron
    November 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm (3 years ago)

    I love how bright this carrot soup is! And the pistachios are such a great idea!

    Reply
    • jennifer
      November 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm (3 years ago)

      It definitely helps to brighten a gloomy day!

      Reply
  9. Julia
    October 3, 2015 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks yummy

    Reply
    • Jennifer Bartoli
      October 4, 2015 at 8:40 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! It’s a great meal to dig into when temperatures cool down.

      Reply

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