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.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix & 20 Ways to Use it!

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Pumpkin Spice blend in white bowl with silver spoon on counter with mini pumpkins, cloves, and measuring spoons. This Pumpkin Spice Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice is so easy to make and this recipe is not necessarily anything new or very different from others that are out there.  However, what is new and different in this post is that it gives you 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this amazing Pumpkin Spice Blend – most of which require no baking at all!

Let’s face it, not all of us have the time or energy to be baking homemade pumpkin pies or pumpkin breads.  But we all have 5 minutes to measure out 4 spices (you might already have in your house) and mix them together!  I am here to tell you that you can still enjoy this wonderful and magical Pumpkin Spice Blend without baking or even the pumpkin!  Some of these ideas are simple ways to jazz up things you already eat and have in the house.  Other ideas may require some new fun purchases, but again, will be EASY for you to jazz up!  All ideas are fun and delicious.

Pumpkin Spice sprinkled on top of whipped cream on hot cocoa. Spice blend in a sifter to the right and in a bowl in background. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

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MAKING YOUR PUMPKIN SPICE BLEND

Spices on plate, clockwise: Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Nutmeg. This Pumpkin Spice Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

Here is what you need, knowing that you can make more or less in the same proportions depending on how many ideas you want to tackle!  You can give this wonderful spice blend away as gifts too, so think about how much you want to make to start gifting!!

  • 4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

Feel free to play around with these ingredients too!  If you like a little more nutmeg or ginger or cloves, just add them as the Cinnamon is the Hero in my version, but make it your own!

I had whole cloves, so I simply add them to a coffee grinder to grind them up into a powder.

Cloves ground in a coffee or spice grinder. This Pumpkin Spice Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

TIP:

After pouring out the clove, you will have some grounds left in the grinder.  I love to immediately grind up coffee blending it with the remaining clove grinds and it adds such amazing flavor!!!

Final Pumpkin Spice Blend in a white bowl with spoon on counter. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

TIP:

if you don’t already have a fine mesh strainer, get a mini one for sprinkling on this Pumpkin Spice Blend.  It’s also great for adding powdered sugar to the top of desserts.  Simply add a teaspoon of the spice blend and shake or lightly tap the strainer over the food and you get a lovely even coating.  Here is the one that like:  OXO Good Grips 3-Inch Mini Strainer

20 EASY WAYS TO USE YOUR HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE

#1.  In coffee or latte – Duh, not too terribly inventive right?  But, consider adding it to the grounds when you are brewing vs. trying to sprinkle it in after.  Or add it to your milk and warm it in the microwave before adding to your coffee.

#2.  Over kids rice cereal or Cheerios – this is an awesome one!  I try not to buy super sugary cereals, but they beg and I given in sometimes (of course).  Everyday cereal in our house is Cheerios, Rice Chex, or Rice Krispies.  I swear, if you add a sprinkle of this Pumpkin Spice, it takes the cereal over the top!  I mean, they LOVE it!!!  And they feel like it’s a special treat – and I am Super Mom 🙂

#3.  In oatmeal – This is such an easy thing to add to overnight or quick cooking oats when making your oatmeal.  It feels extra warm and special.

Pumpkin Spice sprinkled on apple slices fanned out on a plate with a bite taken from one slice. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

#4.  Sprinkled over Apple Slices – My kids unenthusiastically eat apples.  But!  When I add this spice blend to apple slices, it’s like a whole new world.  They consider it a dessert vs. a snack.  It makes the apples somehow taste sweeter even though you have not added any sugar.  Yum!  This is one of my favorites because it’s just so darn simple!

#5.  On baked biscuits – You can make biscuits from scratch and add it to the batter or sprinkle the spice blend on top before or after baking.  I highly recommend working it into the baking process because the amazing smell that will come out of your oven is to die for.

#6.  On Pancakes – In Pancake batter or sprinkled on top in the skillet or after they are done cooking.  Or you can mix it into the syrup and warm it up!

Still with me??

#7.  Make Pumpkin Spiced Black Baked Beans – Simply add a can of drained black beans to a sauce pot with 1/2 cup water, and a 1/2 tsp salt.  Then start with a 1/4 tsp of the Pumpkin Spice blend.  Taste and add more to your liking!

Pumpkin Spice sprinkled on top of whipped cream on hot cocoa. Spice blend in a sifter to the right and in a bowl in background. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

#8.  In and sprinkled on top of Hot Cocoa – Make a hot drink that you can share with the kids!  Mix a sprinkle of the spice blend into the hot cocoa or sprinkle on top of the whipped cream.

#9.  In Sauerkraut – What???  Yes, my friends, my father-in-law grew up outside of Baltimore and apparently Sauerkraut is a Thanksgiving Side Dish tradition.  So jazz add this spice blend to it to holiday-ify it!

#10.  Add it to Mashed Yams – If Sauerkraut is not your thing, try Pumpkin Spice in this more traditional Thanksgiving Side Dish.

Halfway There!!

#11.  In a Smoothie – Try a Blended Frozen Banana, Plain or Vanilla Yogurt, milk, Kale, and a sprinkle to taste of the PUmpkin Spice Blend.

#12.  Mix it into yogurt – Add it to your favorite yogurt with a little granola and diced apple.

Pumpkin Spice on yogurt on toast with yogurt tub in background. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

#13.  On yogurt or cream cheese on toast – Spread yogurt or cream cheese on whole wheat or gluten free toast and then sprink the spice blend over top.

Pumpkin Spice on Buttered Toast with Spice Blend in background in bowl. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

#14.  Sprinkle it on buttered toast – so simple, just toast your bread, spread a little butter and then sprinkle on the spice blend.

#15.  Roast it on Squash or Sweet potatoes  – toss in olive oil and a little spice blend, then roast in oven.

#16.  Add it to Chili for a holiday twist!  – Making a big pot of chili?  Try adding a 1/2 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice for a whole new taste.  Add more to taste.

#17.  Mix it into Almond or regular Milk – Turn milk into a a spiced treat either cold or warmed up.

#18.  Mix it into or sprinkle it on Vanilla frosting for your cake or cupcakes.

#19.  Add it to a regular yellow or vanilla cake batter – Whether you make the cake from scratch or buy a cake mix, add a 2 tsp of this spice blend to have a Pumpkin Spice Cake!

Pumpkin Spice on vanilla ice cream with spice blend in background in bowl. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

#20.  Sprinkle on vanilla Ice cream – Sprinkle over vanilla or your favorite ice cream for a super holiday treat!

There you have it!!  DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER IDEAS TO ADD TO THIS LIST??  PLEASE LEAVE ME A MESSAGE IN THE COMMENTS!

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Final Pumpkin Spice Blend in a white bowl with spoon on counter. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!
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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Recipe

This Pumpkin Spice Recipe is not rocket science, nor is it terribly different or inventive.  But, it is easy!  And not everyone knows the 4 simple spices that go into it or the measurements to make it just right.  So I am putting in this recipe, but be sure to refer to the rest of this post, because the true value here is HOW TO USE this amazing Pumpkin Spice blend 20 different EASY WAYS.

Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword Cinnamon, Cloves, Fall desserts, fall recipes, ginger, Nutmeg, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, Pumpkin spice, spice blends
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 7 teaspoons
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Clove
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.  Store in a sealed container.  You can store this tightly sealed for months up to a year, but trust me, it will not last that long as you will want to put it on everything!