Carrot Ginger Soup with Orzo and Kale

This carrot ginger soup is equal parts refreshing and hearty, which makes it the ideal meal no matter the season. The slurpable stew is packed full of warming flavors while chunks of creamy potatoes, leafy kale, and chopped veggies deliver nutrient-dense fiber and tantalizing texture. Splashes of white wine vinegar and lemon juice dial up the brightness with pops of acidity to balance out the hearty root vegetables, and chewy whole wheat orzo pasta soaks up the flavorful broth. Feel free to serve with a side of crusty bread to sop up any extra soup, but we doubt you’ll leave anything left in your bowl after falling in love at first bite!

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  • 6 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped peeled potato
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale leaves, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons dry whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • In a large pot combine the first seven ingredients (through crushed red pepper) and ¼ cup water. Cook over medium 10 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally and adding water, 1 to 2  tablespoons at a time, as needed to prevent sticking. Add broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend soup to break vegetables into smaller bits. Do not blend until smooth.
  • Stir in kale and orzo. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes more or until pasta is al dente and the soup starts to thicken. Add a little water if you prefer a thinner soup. Stir in vinegar and lemon juice, and season with salt and black pepper.

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Erin Glueck

Wonderful and delicious- I added a can of chickpeas and used a mushroom broth

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit and follow her on Instagram for more.
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