Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Post 174: Roasted Parnsip Soup

After the bumper crop of veggies I received at the weekend, I knew I'd have to do something a little more than my normal of cooking everything alongside a roast dinner. I made a batch of Leek and Potato soup - and although this is always a winner, I've blogged it many times already.

Parsnips are always something of a tricky issue, never the most popular item in the box. I've tried soup previously from them and it's been over-powering, this time though I had a google around for roasted parsnip soup - because un-soupized roasted is how I like them best.

Recipe along the lines of:
- Chop 3 medium parsnips
- Two tomatoes, quartered
- 1 onion quartered
- 3 cloves of garlic
- Place all these in a baking tray and stir around with some olive oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, salt, pepper & tumeric.

I thought myself lucky; although some people may think this wrong/dirty, but I'd cooked some bacon in this tray that morning, so re-used the tray with the bacon fat in for added flavour. Cook all these in a medium oven until they are nice and soft.

Then add them to some vegetable stock bring to a simmer and blitz. I added a pint of stock and that was enough for a pretty thick soup; which is how I like it.

To serve, just for fancy, I added a little line of cumin seeds.

Because you only need to chop things in big lumps, despite the time taken to roast the vegetables, it's still a pretty quick dish to cook. The spices take the edge off the parsnips a little without completely over-powering their flavour. One will be repeated.


  1. Mmmmmm that looks like it would have a nice kick! I agree, roasted parsnips are sooo much nicer than it's un-roastedness! May give this one a try! :)

  2. Re-using the bacon fat sounds like a good plan. Looks delicious, love a bit of the parsnip soup.

  3. Roasting the parsnips before making soup is a great idea. I do like parsnip soup though - parsnip and apple is good as is spiced parsnip.

  4. Mmmmm that does look delicious - may have to give that a go at the weekend :)

  5. Love your soup recipe, parsnips do need a bit of spicing up. I had parsnip crisps once - they were horrible!

  6. Thanks all for the comments. I may have a go at parsnip and apple, sounds interesting and i like apples - so why not.

    Pantler: I'd agree, parsnips are not good for crisps.


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