Simple Ginger Carrot Bisque with Tahini Cream

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 5 votes

Super simple ginger carrot bisque with tahini cream. Easy to prepare, 10 ingredients, and ready in 30 minutes.

An overhead shot of bright orange ginger carrot bisque soup in 4 patterned blue and white bowls on a grey marble background.
An overhead shot of bright orange ginger carrot bisque soup in a patterned blue and white bowl on a grey marble background.
An overhead shot of the cookbook “Food 52 Vegan” surrounded by heirloom carrots, a chef’s knife and some herbs.


I’ve been making meals and bits from cookbooks whenever I have the chance lately. It’s a very chill break from my own cookbook stuff. Lots of Ina classics in the mix, but since Fall is the season of the cookbook release, there’s been good stuff from plenty of other new works. I generally cook by feel, so the straightforward process of opening a book, measuring, and getting to it has been so relaxing!

A little while ago, Gena sent me her new book based on her Food52 column, The New Veganism. Food52 Vegan serves as a gentle, vegetable-focused guide to naturally incorporating vegan dishes into your everyday. The viewpoint is one of vibrant and curious inclusivity. It’s not an outright effort to recreate classic omnivorous foods with vegan ingredients, which is a huge relief. Off the top of my head I can think of about a hundred naturally vegan foods that are way more satisfying/interesting than a veggie burger. Gena seems to get that, and showcases that understanding through a bunch of recipes I can get excited about.

I love that the book is a non-intimidating size of 60 recipes. And also that there are shots of food with glasses of wine in the mix!

I made this simple ginger carrot bisque because I had a crisper FULL of carrots for some reason, freshly dug potatoes from my parents’ garden, and a few jars of homemade vegetable stock on hand as well. The ingredients/steps are minimal, but the soup is really interesting. Super creamy, naturally sweet, plenty of zing, and a spoonful of curry powder, too.

We had it with some fresh, seed-y sourdough for dinner and it was just the thing. I used a spicy curry powder, so it gave me that little flush in the cheeks that feels good on a cool day. Lots more soup inspiration to be found here.

Happy days and big hugs to you all. xo

A glowing jar of vegetable stock on a butcher block counter with white subway tiles and a bright window in the background.
4 photos: one of different heirloom carrots on a cutting board, one with a jar of curry powder surrounded by chopped onions, potatoes and carrots, one showing a white Dutch oven with vegetables sautéing, and the last one is an overhead shot of a white Dutch oven with the puréed soup on top of a blue and white dish towel.

Simple Ginger Carrot Bisque

Super simple ginger carrot bisque with tahini cream. Easy to prepare, 10 ingredients, and ready in 30 minutes.
5 from 5 votes
ginger carrot bisque from Gena Hamshaw/Food 52's new Vegan Cookbook // thefirstmess.com
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Ginger Carrot Bisque

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • pounds carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium russet potato, chopped
  • teaspoons mild curry powder
  • sea salt, to taste

Tahini Cream

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • cup filtered water, plus extra if necessary
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

Equipment

Notes

  • Reprinted with permission from Food52 Vegan, by Gena Hamshaw, copyright © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
  • I changed a couple things when I made up this recipe from the book. I didn’t have celery, so replaced it with an equal amount of diced celery root (extra creaminess!).
  • Gena’s recipe calls for a swirl of savoury cashew cream at the end, which sounds amazing. No raw cashews on hand though, so I made a basic little bowl of tahini cream for mine. I used half in the soup and then reserved the rest for garnish (stirring a little turmeric into half of it as well). Instructions/Ingredients for this are below!

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and ginger and sauté until the onion is tender and translucent, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the broth, carrots, potato, and curry powder and bring to a boil. Season everything with salt. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are tender, about 25 minutes.
  • Using an immersion blender (or using a regular blender and working in batches), blend until completely smooth. Return the soup to the pot over low heat and cook, stirring often, until heated through.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the raw tahini, water, and salt to taste. It will seem chunky and weird at first, but keep at it until you have the consistency of coffee cream/half ‘n’ half. Add more water if necessary. Pour half of the tahini cream into the pot of soup and stir to incorporate.
  • With the remaining tahini cream, scrape half of it into a small bowl. Add the turmeric to the small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Serve the soup hot and garnish with swirls of the regular and turmeric tahini cream. Drag a paring knife through the swirls for a marble effect, if you like.
An overhead shot of bright orange ginger carrot bisque soup in 4 patterned blue and white bowls on a grey marble background.
14/10/2015 (Last Updated 09/02/2023)
Posted in: autumn, carrots, creamy, earthy, gluten free, grain-free, nut free, quick, refined sugar-free, soup, spring, summer, sweet, tahini, vegan, winter

43 comments

Recipe Rating




  • Laurie

    5 stars
    My family loves this soup and requests it frequently.  Instead of tahini, I use coconut milk.

  • Anastasia

    Tried it, loved it. Fun and easy to make plus yum.

  • J

    This not only looks beautiful, but sounds delicious as a Fall treat!I may add in some radicchio finely sliced for some added bite, as well as the superfood benefits, (plus the purple would look gorgeous on top) but it also looks really good just as it is. Thank you for sharing! :)

  • Ingrid - Let's talk evergreen

    I hear such good things about this book, I think I should get it too. Hope everything with your own book is going well. Love how you made those swirls in the soup!

  • Renee Kemps

    Love this recipe!! That swirl/pattern is just perfection.

  • Rachel @ The Castejóns

    I could just look at the pictures all day! I’d go vegan if someone made me food that looked that good everyday!

  • thefolia

    Looks like a painting…simply beautiful…happy feasting!

  • Sarah | Well and Full

    I love that you chose this recipe!! I was actually just leafing through Food52 Vegan earlier today and thinking about how lovely the photos are. They’re very no-fuss but still have such a beautiful aesthetic about them. And yes some photos feature ~WiiinNee~ whooaa! ;) I’m really glad you brought up the whole vegan/high vibe/healthier than thou attitude because it can be a bit stifling, if I’m being honest. Finding balance and the in between, as you put it, is my favorite way to go :)

  • Emily

    Most gorgeous bowl of soup I have seen this week!

  • Lindsey @ Lou Lou Biscuit

    This is the prettiest soup! I love the way you did the garnish. Gotta love Food52 :)

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    Yay for Food52 Vegan! Isn’t the book so lovely and approachable? I feel like even on the nights when cooking is the last thing I want to do there is a recipe in there that I can manage and love. Gena is so great. And your rendition of her soup here is so pretty! My goodness, if there was an award for soup plating I think you should win. And I loved the part about the welcomed flush in your cheeks now that is so crisp and cool. Makes me feel so cozy and dreaming of a bowlful now. Happy autumn, Laura! – xo

  • Susannah (Lemon and Coconut)

    Oh wow I’ve seen some good looking soups but this one’s taken the prize, it’s just fabulous! :)

  • Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet

    This bisque is so hearty, beautiful and wholesome!! I LOVE ginger and carrot together but have never made a bisque like this before. Pinning!

  • Grace

    I know for a fact that a more beautiful carrot soup does not exist on this planet. So gorgeous Laura!

  • Heather

    Get OUTTA here with that tahini swirl!!! Gorgeous, Laura. Can’t wait to give this one a try and I’m going to check out Gena’s other stuff as I’m new to her :)

  • Allyson

    The soup looks so beautiful- I love the marbling. I’m not vegan or vegetarian- I work in a restaurant that’s pretty meat heavy, and there’s no way around eating meat- but I try to eat as plant heavy at home as possible. I appreciate plant based recipes that put the focus on the flavor and joy of the food, rather than a long list of “thou shall not”s. I suppose what I’m really trying to say is excellent work. I can’t wait for your book.

  • Cindy Karnitz

    Thank you! I too shy away from vegan foods that try to mimic omnivore offerings. I would rather have the vegetables than a vegan chicken nugget (gross). Thank you for another great recipe, story, and stunning photos.

  • Julia Mazzucato

    I love this! The pattern in the top is absolutely stunning. Your photography is gorgeous as always. I really need that cookbook!
    Hope you don’t mind- I shared a link to one of your delicious recipes in my post today. :-)

    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  • Carolina

    Gorgeous! I am definitively making this soup. I love how gourmet it looks, sometimes soups or creams tend to be looked as “boring food” but for me is quite the opposite. Also, I am all in for the “in between´s” in vegan lifestyle. Another extra for soups & creams is that you can make a big batch and then you are off duty for a day or two. Love the website, greetings from Costa Rica :)

  • Jodi

    A good glass of wine can be the best side dish to any vegan dinner. I love the in betweeness and I love that vegan food does not have to complicated or filled with hard to find ingredients. It can be local, and garden to table and just as simple and delicious as this soup. I’m sure the book is nothing but stunning. Thanks for sharing a little bit of it here. Tahini cream my heart.x

  • La Torontoise

    Laura, love this recipe! Thank you so much! I’ve been reading your blog for more than 6 months now, but my work is very hectic and could not write you. I love your photography and I learned a lot from it.
    I’m from Toronto, now living and working in North Europe. While in Toronto, your region was always my family’s preferred destination for all our long weekends… how could we forget the Niagara peaches, the wineries and so much more… Your posts bring all these warm memories. plus the comfort food:-)
    Thank you!!

  • Natalia

    This looks so good! And love your cream( i am more into tahini than cashews), so this will certainly be something for me.

    • Laura

      Thanks Natalia! There’s something special about tahini/sesame with carrots. I think it goes back to that classic pairing of carrots and hummus, or something ;)
      -L

  • Claudia | The Brick KItchen

    What a gorgeous soup! I don’t think I made soup enough last winter but definitely need to give it more of a chance.. especially carrot soup (student budget friendly too!!). Love the sound of that tahini cream too – Gena’s book sounds wonderful.

    • Laura

      So budget friendly and soooo yummy. Would totally recommend the book :D
      -L

  • Jennifer Almarine

    This sounds like a delicious, perfect fall soup and your photographs are gorgeous!

    • Laura

      Thanks so much Jennifer!
      -L

  • Heidi Kokborg

    Oh wow! This looks amazing! Gena makes such good recipes!

    • Laura

      It’s true! The book is a treasure :)
      -L

  • Gena

    Oh, Laura, I can’t get over how gorgeous the soup looks here. You did a phenomenal job bringing the recipe to life, and I am so glad you’ve enjoyed the book so far. Plus: tahini cream. Be still my heart! What a cool idea.

    Thanks again,

    <3

    • Laura

      <3 <3 <3

  • Michelle @ Hummingbird High

    Oh sweet lord this looks delicious.

  • Kate

    This soup looks so good! Put my order in for the book last night and am seriously stoked to start cooking from it. Been reading the column for a while too, and am such a fan!

    • Gena

      Thank you so much for supporting the column, Kate!

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Tahini cream! Have never thought to do that.! I do love a bowl of ginger carrot soup (heavy on the ginger in this household). Can’t wait to make this!

    • Laura

      I may have doubled the ginger specified in the recipe. That zing! Nothing like it :D
      -L

  • Harriet

    I love Gena’s website & IG account — I totally get what you mean about inclusivity: her vibe is so welcoming and inviting. I’m glad to hear that carries over into her books. And this recipe looks divine. Carrot soup is one of my favourites: budget and belly friendly. x

    • Gena

      Thank you, Harriet! I’m so glad you like following along.

  • Shelley | Sevengrams

    My crisper is totally filled a gigantic bag of carrots right now as well — this recipe could not be more timely or perfect. Also, these photos! That soup looks like a work of art – love it!

    • Laura

      It’s so easy to throw together! I would totally recommend it if carrots are taking up tons of real estate in your fridge :)
      -L

  • Katrina

    This looks so comforting. Definitely need to get my hands on that book!

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    I got Gena’s book last week and have been cooking from it pretty much non-stop, SO good. Also, can I please come over for Monday night cocktails and we can pretend we are as cool as Ina the Queen? xo

    • Laura

      Yes please come over asap so we can pop our collars like Ina and get faced in the classiest manner possible (also like Ina). :D :D :D xo