Meatless Monday- Creamy Roasted Parsnip Soup 4


Snowy day, fire going in the living room, boys playing happily, and a delicious soup warming on the stove for dinner.  I have a moment to talk to you about the parsnip, a veggie I think I highly underrated.  “White carrots” as my kiddos call them are root veggies that are related to carrots and parsley.  They are sweet and creamy, high in vitamins and minerals, and also contain antioxidants.  Love them.  Roast them up

Creamy Roasted Parsnip Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound of parsnips
  2. 1-2 carrots
  3. 1 Tablespoon of butter
  4. 1 onion, diced
  5. 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  6. 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  7. 1teaspoon ground ginger
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  11. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  12. 4-5 cups chicken stock
  13. 3/4 cup milk
  14. 1/2 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop veggies and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper
  2. Roast the veggies in a 425 degree oven for about 30 minutes until toasty brown
  3. Transfer he veggies to a soup pot and add all of the spices to the pot, cook 3-4 minutes to toast the spices
  4. Pour in the stock and simmer until veggies are very tender
  5. Using an immersion blender, blend until very smooth and velvety
  6. Stir in the milk and heavy cream and bring to a simmer
  7. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper
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and you’ll love them too!  

This soup is all about seasonal flavors, wintery, thick and filling.  It starts by roasting the veggies to get the most flavor out of the plant.  I chose to use a whole bag of parsnips, an onion, two turnips, 4 cloves of garlic and a yellow carrot.

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I peeled and chopped all of them and tossed them on a cookie sheet with some oil, salt and pepper.  Roast them in the oven and look to see they have that beautiful caramelized brown color before you start the soup itself.

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Put them in your soup pot (no liquid yet) and add the spices to toast them up too.  I was a little surprised about the spice choices but anxious to see what this would all come out tasting like.  So, into the pot went brown sugar, ground ginger, ground cardamom, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, and cayenne pepper.

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Add in your stock and let all of this come up to a simmer making sure the veggies and very soft before you turn off you heat.  The softer the better since this is a creamy soup which will be blended in the end.  When the veggies are all set take out your immersion blender and blend right in the pot or purée in batches in your blender.

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To finish the soup, giving it a velvety texture you add milk and heavy cream.  At to this point check you soup for seasoning and adjust as needed.  I suggest serving it with a crusty bread, a great vehicle for getting the last bit of goodness out of the bottom of the bowl.  Enjoy!

 

 


About Sarah

Sarah is a trained chef and owner of Whisk Baked Goods. She lives in Chelmsford with her husband and two active boys. Sarah is passionate about food, loves eating local, and cooking gluten free foods.

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4 thoughts on “Meatless Monday- Creamy Roasted Parsnip Soup

  • Kathleen Spaeth

    I just finished making this lovely Parsnip Soup and it turned out so delicious! What a tasty way to use Parsnips (I used 6) and Turnips (I used 4) up. I used the same flavorful spices and this is a great way to make your House smell so good. Thank you Sarah!

    • Sarah Post author

      I’m so glad you liked it! I think the flavors are a little unexpected which is wonderful in the winter when you need a bit of surprise to get you til spring.

  • Betsy

    I made this too and it was a hit! The flavors were a surprise – a nice surprise. Something different. Will definitely make again. Next time I’ll follow Kathleen’s idea and use some turnips, too.