Carrot Ginger Bisque

I got pretty lucky with my birthday this year. It just so happened to fall on the same day as a team building event for work, which was an Iron Chef Cook-off. ( I think my team was just being really nice, and wanted to throw me my dream birthday party.)

I was so excited about the challenge, especially when we got to be the pink team, and I couldn’t wait until they revealed the secret ingredient: Ginger!

I really do love ginger. Alex makes fun of me for eating those ginger chews from Trader Joe’s (he say’s they’re for old people) but I just love the sweet and spicy flavor!

me and christina cooking

Obviously, the first things that came t0 mind we’re lots of Asian dishes, but our team wanted to do something a little bit different. Our protein source was chicken, so I warned my team I would be no help on that one, and set off making a ginger-themed soup. I seemed to remember having a carrot based ginger soup once, so I figured that would be a good place to start.

Unfortunately, the kitchen didn’t have any vegetable stock, just chicken stock, so I started by making my own vegetable stock. If you’ve never done this, it’s the easiest thing ever. Toss some carrots, celery, and water into a giant pot. Add a little salt and boil forever. Done. Once I had the broth done, I was able to play around with flavors!

I initially made the soup a little too spicy… What can I say, I love spicy food. But just in case the judges weren’t up for drinking 3 glasses of water after their tasting, one of the chefs assisting us recommended I added a little agave. That toned it down just perfectly. So here’s the basic recipe:

carrot ginger soup

Carrot Ginger Bisque

Serves 8-10

  • 6 large carrots
  • 2 celery hearts
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream*
  • 1/4 cup agave (optional depending on how spicy you like it)
  • Pinch red pepper flakes

*Note: you could totally sub in something like coconut milk if you want to lighten it up and/or make this vegan

Wash and peel the veggies. Roughly chop the carrots, celery, and onion. (You’re going to puree it, so it doesn’t have to be exact.) Add water, ginger, salt, and pepper and boil for about 45 minutes, or until the carrots are soft. Transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add in the cream and agave if needed. Sprinkle on red pepper flakes. Serve!

I really liked the texture of this soup. I’d definitely make it with coconut milk next time, just because sometimes a lot of dairy messes with my stomach, but I think it would still be delicious!

Our team didn’t win, but I had a fun time trying to brainstorm ginger recipes on the spot!

Have you ever done a cooking challenge?


  1. I’ve never had a bisque before, but the carrot and ginger combo sounds lovely.

  2. I have never done a cooking challenge nor have I made my own soup. I think about making it just never do it lol. Maybe this winter I will. I am not a big soup eater but then when I actually have a bowl, I wonder why I don’t have soup more often.

  3. That soup is gorgeous! I bet it’s tasty too. So awesome for them to throw this “for” your bday ;).

  4. carrot and ginger pairs so well..what a great idea for a birthday.

  5. I love mixing carrot and ginger together 🙂 The Carrot Juice at Northstar mixes the two (plus lemon) and I cannot get enough! It is one of my favorite treats in the summer! I’m sure this soup is equally delicious 🙂 Also, what a great birthday treat!

  6. This sounds awesome, especially since I LOVE carrots!!! 🙂

  7. I’m a huge ginger fan also!!

  8. A cook-off sounds like so much fun!! Love what you made – it looks fantastic! I love carrots and ginger. 🙂 And I love the idea to make this with coconut milk. I could even see adding some peanut butter or sunflower seed butter (but then again, I would add those two to just about anything 😉 ).

  9. I could eat bowls & bowls of this soup. YUM

  10. What a fun team building event, especially for you! You certainly look like you could be on TV with your camera-ready smile in that picture 🙂

  11. This really does sound like an awesome birthday surprise! 😉 The bisque must have been a hit; it looks delicious! Happy belated birthday too!

  12. I have no idea where you work but it sounds like an amazing job 🙂
    Glad you had a great birthday!

  13. I’ve never done a cooking challenge but I did do a cooking class as a team building exercise and loved it.

    That recipe looks so yummy! I wish we had Trader Joes here so I could try those chews as they sound great 🙂


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