Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe with Smoked Ham

Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe in a bowl with spoon and bread dipped in side and parsley, chopped cashews, and ham garnish on top. Ginger root and carrot pieces on table
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Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe in a bowl with parsley, chopped cashews, and ham garnish on top. Ginger root and carrot pieces on table

Want something other than chicken for dinner??  I did too and I also wanted something healthy and nourishing.  And so today I bring you my Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe with Smoked Ham!  This is a slightly sweet, mostly savory soup that’s filled with warm spices that will wake up all of your tastebuds!  It all starts with the fantastic sweet carrot that is blended into the most luxuriously creamy consistency.  Then turmeric is added for a gorgeous golden color and warm taste.  Ginger comes to the party with warm spice, garlic shows up with deep flavor, and ground thyme brings it all down to earth.  Finally, smoked ham is the guest of honor, bringing that smokey flavor and a meaty bite.  It’s an easy make-ahead-and-reheat lunch, dinner, or appetizer.  

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EAT MORE VEGGIES WITH SOUP!

Soup is such a great way to get your kids (or grownups) in your family to eat their veggies.  Here are some of the ways that soup can make this task easier.

You can add just about any flavors.  I have some many different flavors when it comes to soups.  Some have a Mexican theme, such as my Chicken Tortilla Soup with Kale or my Chicken Enchilada Soup.  Some have an Asian theme, such as my Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup.  And some are really just infused by the ingredients themselves, such as my Creamy Mushroom Soup and my Chilled Golden Corn Soup

You can mix and match veggies according to preferences.  A great example of this is my Chunky Chicken Veggie Soup or my Chicken Sausage & Tortellini Soup.  You can really swap any veggies you want into these soups.

Finally, you can blend up veggies that may not be favorites into a creamy form to completely transform them.  My girls and husband all hate peas.  I love them though!  So, I blended peas up with some mint and jalapeno for my Zesty Pea Soup.

What’s your favorite soup?  Tell me in the comments!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a large (5-6 quart) pot with lid that can go from the stove to the oven. My prized possession dutch oven was perfect for this! Or any good quality enameled cast iron 5-6 quart dutch oven with lid is great.

You also need a blender for blending the carrots into a creamy texture.

And finally, mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR CARROT GINGER SOUP RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below)

The great thing about this recipe is that the entire soup can be made ahead and tastes just as good reheated!  But, there are a few steps that you can do even before the soup.  You can dice the carrots, onion, and ham.  Then mince the garlic and ginger.  To save even more time, you can find pre-minced garlic and ginger at the store!  I love Christopher Ranch Minced Garlic and Minced Ginger for quick dinners!

Can I used frozen carrots?

I prefer fresh carrots in this recipe as they really are the sweetest and blend up so beautifully smooth.  However, you can certainly use frozen carrots.  Regardless if they are carrot chips, dices, or other small pieces, simply add them the same way that the instructions indicate for fresh.  You will not likely need the same cooking time, as the frozen carrots will soften faster than fresh raw.  After the soup comes up to a boil, you can test the carrots at around 5-7 minutes to see if they are soft.

What kind of Ham do I buy?

For the ham, you have a few options.  First, you want to look for smoked ham for this recipe.  The smoky flavor works so well in this soup.  You can go to the deli counter and ask for 1/2 inch thick cut slices or you can buy a small cooked ham roast and slice it yourself.  Finally, you can look for a large ham steak in the meat section.  

COOK YOUR CARROT GINGER SOUP

The first step is to sear the diced ham and then transfer it to a plate.

Diced ham cooking in pot for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.
To the same pot, add another teaspoon of olive oil, then add the carrots, onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, thyme, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes stirring every so often, until slightly soft and onions are slightly translucent.

Diced carrots, onions, garlic, and ginger cooking in pot for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.
Add the broth to the veggies in the pot, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes to steam until soft. Remove from heat and let start to cool.

Broth being poured into carrots and onions cooking in pot for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.
When the carrot soup is cooled a bit, scoop out all of the carrots and onions with a slotted spoon or small strainer and add to a blender. Using a measuring cup, scoop out about 1-1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid and add it to the blender with the carrots. (NOTE: leave some carrots and onions in the pot if you want texture and do not want to fully blend the entire soup.) Blend until you get a smooth creamy consistency, adding more of the cooking broth as needed until you get a thick smooth and creamy consistency. Pour the smooth carrot soup from the blender back into the pot and whisk into the remaining cooking liquid, so that it thins out.

Spoon transfering carrots from pot to blender for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.

Carrot soup blended in blender for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.

Add the cooked ham (leave 3 tablespoons for garnish) to the soup and bring the soup to a low simmer.
Plate the soup in a large bowl and garnish with Parsley, sour cream, and the remaining ham.

Adding diced ham to creamy carrots for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.

Can this soup be frozen?

Yes, you can portion out this soup and freeze it in freezer containers or freezer bags.  Thaw it in the fridge the night before you want to cook it.  It doesn’t’ have to be completely thawed, but enough to maneuver it out of the container and into a pot to warm on medium heat on the stove.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe in a bowl with spoon and bread dipped in side and parsley, chopped cashews, and ham garnish on top. Ginger root and carrot pieces on table

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Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe with Smoked Ham

Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe with Smoked Ham is a slightly sweet, mostly savory soup that's filled with warm spices that will wake up all of your tastebuds! Carrot that is blended into the most luxuriously creamy consistency.  Turmeric adds a gorgeous golden color, ginger brings warm spice, garlic gives more deep flavor, and ground thyme gives an earthy finish.  Finally, smoked ham brings smokey flavor and a meaty bite.  It's an easy make-ahead-and-reheat lunch, dinner, or appetizer.  

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Carrots, chicken soup, ginger, ham
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil divided into 2
  • 1 cup Smoked Ham finely diced
  • ½ cup Yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 3 cups Carrots diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Thyme
  • 4 cups Chicken or Vegetable broth 32 ounces
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional Garnish Ideas

  • 1/2 cup Sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Cashews, Chopped

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Dice carrots and onion. Mince garlic, mince ginger.
  2. Dice Ham.

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat a large pot on high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the diced ham. Spread it out into a single layer and let it cook for 3-4 minutes until browned. Stir and then transfer to a plate.
  2. To the same pot, add another teaspoon of olive oil, then add the carrots, onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, thyme, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes stirring every so often, until slightly soft and onions are slightly translucent.
  3. Add the broth to the veggies in the pot, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes to steam until soft. Remove from heat and let start to cool.
  4. When the carrot soup is cooled a bit, scoop out all of the carrots and onions with a slotted spoon or small strainer and add to a blender. Using a measuring cup, scoop out about 1-1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid and add it to the blender with the carrots. (NOTE: leave some carrots and onions in the pot if you want texture and do not want to fully blend the entire soup.) Blend until you get a smooth creamy consistency, adding more of the cooking broth as needed until you get a thick smooth and creamy consistency. Pour the smooth carrot soup from the blender back into the pot and whisk into the remaining cooking liquid, so that it thins out.

  5. Add the cooked ham (leave 3 tablespoons for garnish) to the soup and bring the soup to a low simmer.
  6. Plate the soup in a large bowl and garnish with Parsley, sour cream, chopped cashews, and the remaining ham.

Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes in a bowl with parsley on top.  It's a delicious easy dinner with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

This Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes is a delicious easy dinner that’s incredibly savory, with a hint of sweet.  Tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, cilantro, soy sauce, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet that really takes this over the top!  The beef is fall apart, melt in your mouth tender.  The potatoes soak up all of the amazing sauce and flavors.   

This is one of those easy dinners that you can make almost entirely out of your freezer!  The beef, onion, and garlic, can all be stored in the freezer.  Thaw the beef overnight and add it to the slow cooker with the frozen garlic and onions, plus the rest of the ingredients.  Click here to get my printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

SLOW COOKER LOVE

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted a Slow Cooker Recipe.  So, I thought I would take a moment to list all of the fantastic benefits of this method of cooking!

  • Easy! You simply add the ingredients in the morning, then set the timer and it cooks dinner for you!
  • Healthy!  Because you are adding ingredients and liquid, you don’t need to add a ton of oil or butter.  That said, many recipes for the slow cooker are not exactly healthy.  Therefore, it’s up to you to use your discretion on which ingredients you add.
  • Economical!  Because the slow cooker can cook for up to 10 hours, you can use less expensive tough cuts of proteins.  They get beautifully tender in the slow cooker and taste incredible.
  • Abundant!  Since the slow cooker most often produces stews, soups, or other one-pot-meals, you can typically get a LOT of food from one cook.  That means you may get lunch or second dinner out of it!  
  • Get Ahead!  Not only are slow cooker dinners easy, but they can be prepped ahead and stored in the fridge or even the freezer!

Here are some of my favorite Slow Cooker Family Dinners:

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

I made this recipe in a slow cooker. However, you could also make it in the oven in a dutch oven or small roasting pan with a lid. If you make this in a dutch oven, you will follow the same instructions, but instead cook it in the oven 450 F degrees for 3 hours.

It can also be helpful to cut the beef with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife. And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS YOUR HONEY GARLIC BEEF AND POTATOES

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below)

Peel and cut the onion into chunks. Add the onion, cilantro leaves, garlic cloves, and Worcestershire sauce to a food processor. Pulse to get the onion going and then puree until the onion and garlic are minced to about rice-size.

Cilantro, onion, garlic, and Soy sauce in food processor for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

Cilantro, onion, garlic, and Soy sauce blended in food processor for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

Cut the beef into 2-inch chunks.  You can use kitchen shears or a sharp chef’s knife.

Cutting brisket with cooking shears for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

Peel the potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Add to the slow cooker pot. If you will not be cooking this right away, submerge the potatoes in cold water and store in the fridge. Before cooking, drain the potatoes and discard the water.

What kind of Beef to use?

As mentioned earlier, one of the benefits of slow cooker is that you can use less expensive tough cuts of beef.  The most commonly used beef cut for stew is Beef chuck, which comes from the shoulder and has a lot of connective tissue and it gets very tender when cooked for a long time.  I used brisket for this recipe, but you can use beef chuck or round.  Many stores have pre-cubed beef stew meat ready to buy.

COOK YOUR HONEY GARLIC BEEF AND POTATOES

To the slow cooker, add the potatoes, cut beef, onion mixture, broth, honey, molasses, salt, and pepper. Set the Slow Cooker to 6-10 hours, depending on your schedule.

Pouring honey over raw beef and other ingredients in slow cooker for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

All ingredients in slow cooker for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

What can I use instead of Molasses?

If you cannot find molasses, you can add 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar and then reduce the honey to 3 tablespoons.  Or you can simply leave the molasses out all together and increase the honey to 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons.

Can I freeze this?

You can freeze the ingredients before you cook it WITHOUT the broth.  Place all of the ingredients in a freezer bag or container in a flat layer.  When you are ready to cook it, place the frozen ingredients in the refrigerator to thaw 24 hours in advance.

Or you can cook it in the slow cooker and then portion it out and freeze it.  If you go this route, you can cook it in the oven straight from the freezer or thaw it 24 hours in advance in the fridge.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes in a bowl with parsley on top. It's a delicious easy dinner with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.
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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes

This Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes is a delicious easy dinner that's incredibly savory, with a hint of sweet.  Tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet that really takes this over the top!  The beef is fall apart, melt in your mouth tender.  The potatoes soak up all of the amazing sauce and flavors. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef recipes, beef stew, Brisket, family dinner, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 472 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 Small Onion
  • 6 cloves Garlic (6 teaspoons minced)
  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 2-3 lbs beef brisket boneless
  • 2 large Russet potatoes
  • 1 cup beef Broth or chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Peel and cut the onion into chunks. Add the onion, cilantro leaves, garlic cloves, and Worcestershire sauce to a food processor. Pulse to get the onion going and then puree until the onion and garlic are minced to about rice-size.

    Cilantro, onion, garlic, and Soy sauce blended in food processor for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.
  2. Cut the beef into 2-inch chunks.

    Cutting brisket with cooking shears for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.
  3. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Add to the slow cooker pot. If you will not be cooking this right away, submerge the potatoes in cold water and store in the fridge. Before cooking, drain the potatoes and discard the water.

Cooking Steps

  1. To the slow cooker, add the potatoes, cut beef, onion mixture, broth, honey, molasses, salt, and pepper. Set the Slow Cooker to 8 hours.

    Pouring honey over raw beef and other ingredients in slow cooker for Honey Garlic Beef and Potatoes. It's a delicious easy dinner made in the slow cooker with tender beef cubes are cooked in the slow cooker with lots of delicious garlic, onions, and potatoes.  Then honey and molasses are added for that touch of sweet.

Recipe Notes

  1. I made this recipe in a slow cooker. However, you could also make it in the oven in a dutch oven or small roasting pan with a lid. If you make this in a dutch oven, you will follow the same instructions, but instead cook it in the oven 450 F degrees for 3 hours.
  2. I used Brisket for this, but you can use beef chuck, beef round, or buy the pre-cubed beef stew meat.
  3. The 6 servings were based on 2 lbs of beef brisket.  If you have more beef, you will get more servings.