This bright and colorful miso ginger carrot soup is uplifting and comforting any time, but especially if you feel a cough or sore throat coming on. The variety of vegetables in this recipe — onion, garlic, carrots and sweet potatoes — all contain powerful phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins that help support the immune system. Ginger adds a delicious kick to the sweet carrots and sweet potatoes, but also soothes sore throats with its anti-inflammatory properties and supports digestion. Fermented foods, like the miso paste in this soup, support the gut microbiome, which impacts overall immune function. If your throat is sore or you have a cough, eating something warming like this soup can ease discomfort.
Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and saute the onions for about 5-7 minutes until starting to soften and turn translucent. Then add the garlic and grated ginger. Stir all together for 30 seconds.
Drop the carrots and sweet potatoes into the pot and stir everything together, cooking for 2-3 minutes.
Pour the broth into the cooked vegetables and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes on low heat. Once the carrots and sweet potato are tender you can turn off the heat.
Place the miso paste into the soup, along with the tamari or soy sauce. Add a pinch of salt. Don’t worry about stirring them in!
Use a hand blender or carefully pour the soup into a blender, and blend everything together until smooth.
Taste and adjust for seasoning if needed, you can always add a little more miso, tamari or salt.
Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with lime juice, green onions, pumpkin seeds before serving.