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Gingered Carrot Bisque with Crispy Garlic Quinoa

A gingered carrot bisque from the Food52 Vegan Cookbook is the perfect recipe to warm you up and satisfying your appetite all winter long.

I've tried to make the perfect carrot ginger soup for years. But every time I try it comes out either way too bland, way too strong or way too carroty.

Don't get me wrong, I know I'm making carrot soup, but I don't want it to taste like I'm drinking a straight-up glass of carrot juice. It needs some depth in the flavor. Something that brings out the sweetness of the carrots and makes my mouth dance with excitement.

Years it's taken me to find the perfect recipe. And now I finally have!

Gingered Carrot Soup with Crispy Garlic Quinoa -- a warm and cozy dinner that takes only 30 minutes to make! {vegan}

The recipe comes from the new Food52 Vegan cookbook, which was authored by the oh-so-talented Gena Hamshaw. If you don't know Gena, she's the wonderful lady behind The Full Helping (formerly Choosing Raw), a website full of delicious plant-based recipes.

I first discovered Gena's blog years ago (like 6+ years ago) and have been following her ever since. I love her simple approach to plant-based eating and the fact that she doesn't use over-the-top ingredients. Everything is accessible, easy and absolutely delicious.

The only carrot ginger soup recipe you will ever need - made without dairy or coconut milk!

When I found out Gena was coming out with this new cookbook for Food52, I immediately emailed her and asked how I could help get the word out. Judging by her track record, I knew this was going to be a great resource for those of you who are interested in vegetarian and vegan recipes and aren't that experienced with this form of cooking.

As soon as I cracked it open and landed on the Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Toasted Almonds (I mean…come on), I was done for. I proceeded to flip through every single page and earmark the ones I wanted to try. In the end, it felt like I had marked every single recipe!

The only carrot ginger soup recipe you will ever need - made without dairy or coconut milk!

I started with her gingered carrot soup because my previous experience had been lackluster at best. Plus, I loved that all the ingredients were already pantry staples. Oh and that savory cashew cream on top definitely didn't hurt.

This soup has the perfect balance of flavors. It's mildly sweet, but has a nice kick from the ginger. The curry powder adds some complexity without taking over the entire dish. It's there almost as an enhancer.

Normally, I don't use white potatoes in my soup – I'm much more of a sweet potato kind of girl – but I decided to ignore my gut and trust the recipe wouldn't need it. Of course, as soon as I tasted it I realized it was perfect as is. No sweet potato needed – in fact, I think the sweet potato would have taken away from the carrots.

To top it all off, I wanted to give it a fun quinoa garnish.

This is the only ginger carrot soup I will EVER make! It's flavorful, easy and super healthy!

You've seen me add quinoa to pureed soups before to help thicken them up, but this one didn't need a thing. So to add my own quinoa twist to it, I decided to add some toasted quinoa on top. But rather than just toasting it and tossing it on top, I decided to give the quinoa a boost in flavor by stirring it in an olive oil + garlic paste. It was still crispy, but now had this smoky garlic flavor that went really well with the soup. SO SO GOOD!

Now before I let you go, I want to encourage you to check out the Food52 Vegan Cookbook. Even if you aren't vegan, there are still SO many amazing recipes for every tastebud and every lifestyle (even the picky eaters in your life). Whether you need a quick breakfast, a hearty salad to take to the office or a decadent dessert to serve at a dinner party, this book has you covered.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon, and the sooner the better because there are loads of recipes that are perfect for the holidays!

Vegan Gingered Carrot Bisque from the new Food52 Cookbook - topped with a heaping serving of crispy garlic quinoa

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Carrot Ginger Bisque with Crispy Garlic Quinoa

4.6 from 5 votes
Years it's taken me to find the perfect recipe. And now I finally have!
author: Alyssa
yield: 6 Servings
Vegan Gingered Carrot Bisque from the new Food52 Cookbook - topped with a heaping serving of crispy garlic quinoa
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes


for the soup:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 1 1/2-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/4 pounds carrots chopped
  • 1 small to medium russet potato cut into large pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mild curry powder
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup Savory Cashew Cream recipes follows below

for the savory cashew cream (makes about 2 3/4 cups):

  • 2 cups cashew pieces soaked in water for at least 3 hours and drained
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1 cup cold water plus more if desired

for the garlic quinoa:


  • For the soup: Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and ginger and sauté until the onion is tender and translucent, about 8 minutes. Stir in the broth, carrots, potato, and curry powder and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are tender, about 25 minutes. Using an immersion blender (or using a regular blender and working in batches), blend until completely smooth. Put the pot over low heat and cook, stirring often, until heated through. Stir in 1/3 cup of the cashew cream.
  • For the cashew cream: Put the cashews in a food processor or high-speed blender and pulse a few times to grind them up. Add the lemon juice and salt. With the motor running, drizzle in the water and process until completely smooth (which may take a few minutes), stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the work bowl or blender jar. Add more water for a thinner consistency, if desired; you may want it as thick as whipped cream or as thin as coconut milk, depending on how you plan to use it. (store extra in a covered container in the refrigerator)
  • for the quinoa: add quinoa to a dry skillet over medium heat. Toss until quinoa begins to pop and get brown. While quinoa is popping, whisk together remaining ingredients. Once quinoa is toasted, about 1 minute, remove from heat and stir in olive oil-garlic paste. Stir to completely combine then set aside.
  • to serve: transfer soup to bowls then garnish with a touch more cashew cream and a sprinkle of quinoa. Enjoy!


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 806mg | Potassium: 812mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 16160IU | Vitamin C: 9.6mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3.8mg
cuisine: American
course: Soup

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This is the only ginger carrot soup I will EVER make! It's flavorful, easy and super healthy!

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  2. The toasted quinoa sounds good. I just need a little clarification. In
    the ingredients list it says garlic powder, but in the directions below
    the list it says garlic paste (it also refers to garlic paste in the
    blog post.) Can you just clarify that for me. Thanks!

    1. Yep! So you mix the garlic powder with the olive oil and salt and it turns into a kind of garlic paste. That’s what you stir into the quinoa when it’s done toasting 🙂