February 19, 2016

Spiced Carrot-Apple Soup

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This Carrot Apple Soup was something I knocked together from the bits and pieces left in my fridge and pantry when I thought I had nothing to cook.

I love it when something delicious comes from nothing – those spontaneous meals often make for my favourite blog posts.  It was only meant to be an instagram snapshot, so I only have the one photo to share with you.

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Ok, now onto this soothing, warming, healthy soup. Its base is carrots, apple, onion and chicken broth, with allspice, ginger and a touch of honey.  I pureed it to silky smooth, tasted it, and decided it didn’t need any cream.  It’s velvety and totally delicious as is.

I dusted some garnet-hued sumac over top to finish, which is totally optional of course, but I’m kinda obsessed with this ingredient.  It offers a fruity-tart flavour that complements pretty much everything, and I love the vibrant colour that it adds.

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Spiced Carrot-Apple Soup

A warmly spiced, ginger carrot soup with apple and allspice. Healthy, soothing and delicious.

Course Soup
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jennifer Pallian


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 "-piece ginger peeled, chopped
  • 6 medium carrots peeled, chopped
  • 1 medium apple peeled, chopped
  • 1 litre 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley and/or sumac to garnish optional


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until softened and translucent (reduce heat if browning).  Add garlic and ginger, cook a minute more. Add remaining ingredients, cover, and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until carrot and apple are very tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Transfer soup to a standing blender and puree (do it carefully in batches unless your blender is designed for hot liquids!), or use an immersion blender.  Taste and add more salt if needed.  Garnish bowls with chopped parsley, freshly ground pepper, and/or sumac, as desired.
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