Flatlay view of Spicy Ginger Beef Soup on a bamboo board. There are garlic, ginger, and green onions nearby.

Spicy Ginger Beef Soup

Spicy Ginger Beef Soup is for those who like some heat, but can’t take nightshades! There are options here for mild, medium, and hotter spice.

Flatlay view of Spicy Ginger Beef Soup on a bamboo board.  There are garlic, ginger, and green onions nearby.
Spicy Ginger Beef Soup

Do you miss a little heat in your food on the AIP diet? Are you sensitive to nightshades? Do you want to follow an anti-inflammatory diet? THIS SOUP. Ohmagosh, you guys. It is soooo good, and perfect for warming you up in winter! How, you ask?

The heat in ginger

One time, I stayed at a B&B run by a NTP, who served some carrot soup. I was shocked at how spicy it was – and also concerned, because I don’t do well with nightshades. The owner explained that the spice was coming from ginger. Wha….??? I had no idea ginger could be hot!

Ginger contains a compound called gingerol, which is related to the spicy chemical capsaicin. This compound goes through changes when it is cooked, or dried. It is spicy when raw. So guess what??? We can control how much spiciness we want in our food, depending on how we treat the ginger, and when we put it in the dish!

I’m including three different heat options: mild, medium, and hotter. You decide how you like it! Of course if you are ok with nightshades, you can drizzle a little chili oil on top, and it will be amazing. Sesame oil is also yummy in here.

Closeup of Spicy Ginger Beef Soup, showing carrot ribbons and shiitake mushrooms. There is some garlic and a few green onions in the background.
This will warm you up!

The “pasta”

I first tried this soup with some cassava spaghetti. It was ok, but I find that it has more flavor just using carrot ribbons made with a vegetable peeler. (The pasta took up some of the flavor.) If you’d like to try adding some in there, be my guest!

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As always, I’m wishing you great love and deep healing. Stay warm, my friends!

💗,

Wendi

Spicy Ginger Beef Soup

Recipe by Wendi’s AIP Kitchen – http://www.wendisaipkitchen.com Course: Soups, MainCuisine: AIP, Paleo, AsianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

12

minutes

Spicy Ginger Beef Soup is for those who like some heat, but can’t take nightshades! There are options here for mild, medium, and hotter spice.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup minced, fresh ginger* (see notes in recipe)

  • 3 cups carrot ribbons (Use vegetable peeler.)

  • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms (5 ozs.)

  • 1.5 cups chopped baby bok choy

  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions

  • 5 cups chicken bone broth

  • 2 TBSP coconut aminos

  • 1 tsp sea salt

Directions

  • Brown ground beef and garlic together in a large soup pot over medium high. (If you want the spice to be a bit mild, add the ginger now, and sauté for 30 seconds.)
  • Add carrots, mushrooms, green onions, and bok choy. Cook until vegetables are soft, about 2.5 minutes. (If you want your soup to be medium hot to spicy, add the ginger now, and cook for 30 seconds.)
  • Add broth, coconut aminos, and salt. Heat through. Taste for salt, and adjust if necessary. (If you want more heat, throw some ginger juice in at the last minute, but note that it has citric acid in it, and may not be AIP-friendly.) Serve!

Notes

  • Have you managed some reintroductions? This soup is even better drizzled with toasted sesame oil or (if you can manage nightshades) chili oil!

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2 Comments

  1. My zero-allergy/sensitivity husband: “I could eat this every night.” And, quite frankly, so could I:):):)

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