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Monday, November 1, 2010


Roasted Beet Soup

A while ago when I posted the Cold Beet Salad, someone left me a comment on how she preapred her cold beet soup. I was eager to try making a beet soup recipe since I have never made or eaten soup made with beets. Many of these are made with cream. I was able to find one with required no diary. After altering this new found recipe, I came up with one that my entire family enjoyed.  Please scroll down below Beet Facts for recipe.

Beet Facts

Beets come from the plant family Amaranthaceae-Chenopodiaceae, the same family as the swiss chard. Beets are known for its pigments that give them their bright rich color called betalains. There are two basic types of betalains: betacyanins and betaxanthins. Betacyanins are pigments of red-violet in color. Betanin is the best studied of the betacyanins. Betaxanthins are yellowish in color. Other vegetables which include betalains include rhubarb chard, amaranth, prickly peaer cactus and nopal cactus.The better known antioxidant in beets is not beta-carotene, but two other antioxidant carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and manganese are found in beets. The phytonutrients found in beets have shown to function as an anti-inflammatory in our body.

We also eat the beet greens and prepare them similar to eating swiss chard greens or spinach. They have many nutrients in vitamins and minerals as well as carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lutein/zeazanthin. We steam them for about 3-5 minutes, sauté some garlic and mix in with a little oil and some salt.

3 medium to large size beets
1 large leek, including green and white parts, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 bulbs of garlic
8 cups of water
some oil for sautéing
1/2 tsp fresh ground ginger
Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  • You will want to individually wrap the beets and garlic in foil and roast for about an hour, They should be tender enough that a fork can pierce through easily. Once baked, place the beets and garlic to another glass container to cool. If you choose to not roast garlic, then sauté them along with the leeks and celery as directed below.
  • Once the beets are cooled, peel the beets and cut into small cubes.
  • In a large pot, melt the oil and sauté the leeks and celery until they begin to brown. Add ground ginger, pepper and other herbs of your choice if preferred. Remove roasted garlic cloves from skins, I find it easier to just slide the garlic out of the individual skins as it is soft and comes out easily. If you’ve chosen to sauté the garlic cloves, add it to the celery and leeks now along with the beet cubes.
  • Add 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for half an hour.
  • Working in batches, puree soup in a blender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Finely chop a hand full of fresh cilantro leaves for garnish.
This soup may be eaten cool if desired, we ate this soup hot and added Braggs Amino Acids for more taste.

This recipe was shared with:
Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist
Tuesday Twister at GNOWFLINS
Hearth 'n Soul at A Moderate Life
Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop 
Fight Back Friday with Food Renegade

I would like to try not peeling the beets next time.  I've read there is a lot of nutrients in the skin as well.  Who has eaten the skin of the beets.  I'm sure it would be fine in this soup since it passes through the blender.

Blessings ~ Carmen


  1. I don't like beet salad too much but the soup looks good. Can I come over the next time you are having some?? Love you sis - Claudia

  2. Hmmm...I have some beets stashed that I've been debating what to do with. This might be just the thing!

  3. This sounds AMAZING!!!!! I will try this!!!

  4. This sounds really interesting. I keep hearing about how beets are a power food, so I'd love to try this out

  5. Beets are one of my new favorite vegetables but I have not tried making soup from them. I love that you bake them first - I just stick mine all in one foil wrap - yum! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  6. Looks delicious! I recently experimented with a beet soup that wasn't as popular with my family as I'd hoped - I'll have to try this one next time :)

  7. Jennifer, We love eating leeks in soups and I believe the leeks do make a difference to the flavor.


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