Carrot Ginger Soup prepared sous vide is finished with a dollop of whipped lime crema in this delicious and visually striking soup recipe.
One of the gifts on our wedding registry that I was super excited about receiving was a sous vide. With its help, I’ve finally mastered the perfect filet mignon, made some amazing pork chops, and effortlessly prepared the most flaky and moist salmon filet.
I’m basically obsessed with the sous vide now.
Sous Vide Cooking
In French, sous vide translates to “under vacuum”, referring to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. This technique is amazing because it makes it virtually impossible to overcook your food. Making it perfect for cooking a delicate cut of meat, like filet mignon.
But, I also love the sous vide process because it’s basically a set it and forget it technique. You just drop your food in the water bath and let it cook away.
Because I love the sous vide process so much, I’m constantly on the lookout for new recipes to try. Which is why I was so excited to discover Sous-Vide Magazine. Not only is it packed full of creative and delicious new sous vide recipes to try, but it’s also got some great articles. I loved their tips on creating a modern holiday table scene and they even spotlighted some of my favorite spots to visit in Portland.
But the recipe that most caught my eye in their Fall/Winter Issue was the Carrot Soup with Smoked Ginger and Whipped Cream. I hadn’t yet tried the sous vide process with vegetables and I figured that this recipe was the perfect one for me start with. Not only did their beautiful photographs draw me in, but the smoked ginger really intrigued me as well.
How Do You Make Carrot Ginger Soup?
To start the cooking process, place your sous vide in a vessel that’s large enough to hold enough water for your bag to be fully submerged and deep enough to ensure that the water level falls between the minimum and maximum level indicators on your sous vide circulator. Heat it to temperature while you prepare the vegetables.
You’ll need to cube a couple yukon gold potatoes and peel and slice a couple pounds of carrots. Add them to your sous vide bag along with some onion, garlic and spices – cardamom pods and allspice. Then, just let it cook away for about four hours.
I did veer from the original recipe in just a couple ways. First, I forgot to plan ahead on curing the smoked ginger. The recipe calls for the ginger to be marinated with a bit of liquid smoke and salt and pepper for 8 hours. I found that just a quick cure time of 30 minutes did the trick. Second, while the original recipe calls for the soup to be strained after blending, I didn’t find that step necessary. The soup was deliciously smooth and creamy straight from the blender.
Topping these beautiful bowls of bright orange Carrot Ginger Soup with that light and fluffy whipped cream and a sprinkling of lime zest made for the most stunning presentation. I’d be just as happy to serve this soup at a fancy dinner party as I would for a casual dinner on the couch with Netflix turned on the background.
Have you tried out sous vide yet? What are your favorite recipes? If you’re in need of some more inspiration, be sure to check out Sous-Vide Magazine. I can’t wait for the next issue to come out. But, in the meantime, their recipe for Poached Lobster with Bisque Reduction and Puff Pastry Cloche will be finding its way to our kitchen soon…
Wine Pairing for Carrot Ginger Soup:
- Gewürztraminer makes a great pairing for this soup. With a weighty mouthfeel, and a delicate sweetness, it works really well with this creamy, savory soup.
Sous Vide Recipes:
- Sous Vide Pork Chops
- Sous Vide Homemade Limoncello
- Sous Vide Filet Mignon
- Sous Vide Infused Vodka
- Sous Vide Ribeye with Compound Butter
- Sous Vide Chicken Breasts
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Sous Vide Soup Recipe
Sous Vide Carrot Ginger Soup
- ¼ cup fresh ginger (peeled and sliced thin)
- 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
- 1½ teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorn (crushed)
- 3 drops liquid smoke
- 2 pounds carrots (washed, peeled, and sliced thin)
- 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes (washed, peeled, and chopped into small cubes)
- 1 cup yellow onion (chopped)
- 4 cloves garlic (peeled and smashed)
- 1 teaspoon allspice (ground)
- 6 green cardamom pods
- 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
- 2 cups vegetable stock (plus more as needed)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of finely ground black pepper
FOR THE SMOKED GINGER:
- In a small mixing bowl, combine salt, sugar, and pepper. Firmly press the rub into the sliced ginger (extra spice rub may be saved to season soup, to taste).
- Next, place the ginger into a sous vide pouch, add liquid smoke, and seal. Allow the ginger to cure for eight hours, or overnight for more flavor intensity.
- Once cured, remove the ginger from the bag and reserve a few slices for garnish.
FOR THE CARROT SOUP:
- Set the circulator to 181.4°F (83°C).
- Combine the ginger and all ingredients except stock in a large sous vide pouch. Seal and cook for four hours or until vegetables are tender.
- Once done, remove and transfer hot vegetables into a high-speed blender.
- Gradually add the stock until the soup has a smooth consistency. While blending, season with reserved ginger-curing spices to taste.
- Once the soup has reached the desired texture, strain through a chinois.
FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM:
- Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk until stiff peaks form.
- Serve in a soup bowl with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with julienned smoked ginger and lime zest.