Updated Mar 15, 2022
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Beet soup isn’t just delicious, it’s also jam packed with nutrients. A mix of beets, parsnip, ginger, onion and garlic, this blended version is creamy, savory, and rich in flavor. Top it off with a swirl of coconut cream (or yogurt), parsley, and black sesame seeds.
While you commonly find beets roasted, blended into hummus, blended into a smoothie or chilled on top of a salad, I’ve decided to switch things up a bit. Today I’ll be blending fresh cut beets (not roasted) into a silky, warm soup.
Now, let me tell you why this soup should be on your list of fall and winter meals. It’s perfect for warming up your body on a cold day, is a bright mixture of delicious earthy flavors, and reaps of health benefits that are good for your gut.
Ingredients for Beet Soup
This soup looks impressive, but it’s not at all difficult. It can be whipped up with a few simple ingredients and some time on the stove. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Beets – Heart-healthy and rich in vitamins and nutrients.
- Parsnip – For a creamy texture with less carbs than potatoes.
- Ginger – Because who can resist that zest and spiciness.
- Garlic & Onions – For richness and depth of flavor.
- Vegetable Broth – You can make this soup as thick or thin as you’d like.
- Salt and Pepper – a little sprinkle of seasoning.
How To Make This Beet Soup Recipe
The recipe comes together easily if all your ingredients are peeled, diced and ready to go. Watch how I make it on the video below!
- Cook the onion in a large stock pan over medium high heat with avocado oil for about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper and cook for 1-2 additional minutes.
- Add the diced beets, parsnips, and vegetable broth into the pot. Turn the heat to high and bring it to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the beet is fork tender.
- Transfer the soup into a high powered blender (I always recommend my favorite Vitamix) and blend for one minute, until it’s smooth and creamy.
- Garnish with coconut cream, parsley, and black sesame seeds. Serve!
I know some worry about beet stains when cutting beets, so make sure to read my extra tips below.
How To Remove Beet Stains
The process of preparing beets are notorious for staining things. But with a few tips you’ll see it’s really not that bad to cook with fresh beets. Here’s what you can do:
If stained on your hands (a couple of options):
- Rub lemon juice in between your hands or dip your hands in a bowl of lemon juice
- Add baking soda and a little bit of water, then rub your hands vigorously
- Cut a raw potato in half, dip it in salt, and scrub the flat side against your hands under water
To prevent stains on your cutting board:
- Spray a little oil on your cutting board before cutting. This helps prevent the beet juice from soaking into the wood.
If stained on your shirt:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid with 2 cups of water. Dip a towel in this mixture and blot the stain. Make sure to not rub it or it will make it worse!
Beet Soup Serving Suggestions
While this beet soup tastes great on it’s own, it’s also great served with a heartier main course. In addition to the salads that I listed at the top of the post, here are some of my favorite main courses.
- Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs
- Roasted Balsamic Chicken with Brussel Sprouts
- Orange Glazed Salmon
- Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs
If You Loved This Beet Soup Recipe…
I’ve got heaps more delicious soup recipes for you! These are some of my favorites which nourish and hit the spot.
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- Carrot Ginger Soup
- Cream of Celery Soup (that’s dairy-free!)
- Lentil Soup
- Cabbage Soup
- Potato Leek Soup
Beet Soup (Smooth and Velvety)
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil, or olive oil
- 1 yellow onion
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 large beets, peeled and diced (or 4 beets, if smaller)
- 1 medium parsnip, peeled and diced (approx 1 cup)
- 4 cups vegetable broth, or more for desired texture
- coconut cream or yogurt
- black sesame seeds
- cracked black pepper
- Heat the avocado oil in a large stock pot on medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, until softened.
- Add the garlic, ginger, salt and pepper and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
- Add the diced beets, diced parsnips and vegetable broth. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the beets are fork tender.
- Use a ladle to transfer the soup to a high-powered blender. Blend for one minute or until creamy.
- To serve, pour the soup into a bowl and garnish with coconut cream or yogurt, parsley, black sesame seeds and cracked black pepper.
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