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Apple Parsnip Soup – Fantastic Fruity, Rooty Vegan Fare

Apple Parsnip Soup

Soups, Vegan | 28th January 2018 | By

I do love a bowl of soup in the winter. It’s the perfect comfort food. Warming, nutritious and delicious, it’s a great big hug in a bowl. This vegan apple parsnip soup is one of my favourites. It’s lightly spiced, but the real flavour comes from the sweet aromatic parsnips offset by the slight tartness of the apple.

Parsnips

Parsnips are a root vegetable related to carrots, parsley and dill and are a good British winter standby. They’re best picked after the first frosts. The starches turn to sugar resulting in a sweet and almost creamy vegetable. They’re a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, potassium and folate. I’ve found them tricky to grow, but we’ve produced some splendid specimens from time to time. With nowhere to grow vegetables this last year, I was really pleased when CT bought a freshly harvested bagful home from work the other day. Apple parsnip soup it had to be.

Apple Parsnip Soup

Spices are an absolute must in parsnip soup, I reckon. They act as an excellent foil to the sweetness of the parsnips. However for this apple parsnip soup I went easy on them, adding a lump of ginger, turmeric and just a bit of curry powder. As well as its well documented beneficial effects, turmeric gives a lovely golden hue to the soup, which makes it even more appealing. This spiced parsnip spinach soup is also delicious and a good way to get your greens, but the colour doesn’t seem quite right for parsnip soup, somehow.

Apple Parsnip Soup

This apple parsnip soup is full of goodness and flavour. it’s also particularly thick. Quite frankly, this is just what I want in the middle of winter. It almost stands up as a vegetable puree you could use as a side dish. However, if you prefer your soups a little thinner, just add more water and maybe a little extra tamari or salt. I use organic veg so I can keep the peel on. This means I can give myself a smug pat on the back for getting even more of those essential nutrients into my body AND I don’t have to faff around with a veg peeler. With a good blender, you won’t even notice the peel.

If you’re not vegan or particularly bothered about the soup being dairy-free, you could use butter rather than oil for a slightly richer flavour. A little seaweed scattered over the top adds a bit of colour, texture and extra nutrition. This amount serves eight as a starter or four as a main.

Optimum VAC2 Air Vacuum Blender

As a Froothie ambassador I often get to try out some of their latest equipment. This time it’s the Optimum VAC2 Air Vacuum Blender. I’ve put it through its paces and it’s one very powerful machine. It blends smoothies and fruit and veg in a vacuum, if desired. This method is said to retain more of the nutrients as they are not oxidised in the process of blending. I’ve certainly found the colour of my smoothies stays fresher for longer. More of this in an upcoming review.

The VAC2 can also make soups from scratch using veg that doesn’t require actual cooking. Parsnips are much better cooked than not in my opinion, so I just used the blender to whizz my ready cooked apple parsnip soup into a super smooth consistency.

Apple Parsnip Soup

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Apple Parsnip Soup – The Recipe

Apple Parsnip Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
A nutritious, flavoursome and colourful soup which provides a warming winter hug in a bowl.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4 people
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp lightly flavoured oil - I used rice oil but rapeseed or sunflower would be good too.
  • 1 large onion - peeled and roughly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic - peeled and roughly sliced
  • 4 medium large parsnips - topped tailed & scrubbed
  • 2 medium potatoes - scrubbed
  • 1 large cooking apple - washed and cored but peel kept on
  • a thumb sized piece of root ginger - scrubbed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • good grinding of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp tamari or your preferred soy sauce
  • 1 litre water
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, fry the onion and garlic in the oil over a low heat for about 10 minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Roughly chop the parsnips and add to the pan. Stir.
  3. Roughly chop the potatoes. Add to the pan and stir.
  4. Cover the pan with the lid and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add all the remaining ingredients. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Blitz with a stick blender, food processor or jug blender. I used my new Optimum VAC2 Air Vacuum Blender.

  7. Scatter a little dried seaweed over the top before serving if liked.
Recipe Notes

If the soup is too thick, just add additional water. You may need a little extra tamari or salt to compensate.

 

#CookBlogShareI’m sharing my apple parsnip soup with Recipes Made Easy for #CookBlogShare.

 

 

 

 

#FreeFromFridays BadgeThe recipe, being dairy-free and vegan also goes to Free From Farmhouse for #FreeFromFridays.

 

 

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Comments

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    iris tilley
    28th January 2018

    I like the sound of Apple and parsnip

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      Choclette
      28th January 2018

      It’s a lovely combination and has been a firm favourite of mine for many years.

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      Choclette
      29th January 2018

      I really like to get seaweed into my diet, but I don’t remember to use it nearly enough. This time I managed it 😉

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    Janice
    28th January 2018

    I made something similar a few weeks ago. It’s a lovely combination of flavours and your soup looks delicious.

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      Choclette
      29th January 2018

      Thanks Janice. It’s hard to beat a bowl of thick creamy soup at this time of year. And parsnips make a good one.

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    Mandy
    28th January 2018

    Apple and parsnip really do go well together and I can imagine that this soup is delicious. Thanks for linking to my parsnip cakes.

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      Choclette
      29th January 2018

      Thanks Mandy, it’s a good combination. And your parsnip cakes sound fabulous.

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    Mel
    28th January 2018

    I absolutely love soup too! I make a carrot, parsnip and ginger soup every week, and yours sounds like something we’d all love. That will be for next time we have lots of parsnips. Your new blender sounds fab, with the vacuum function. Thanks for joining in with #FreeFromFridays.

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      Choclette
      29th January 2018

      Your ginger soup sounds splendid too. I do love a bowl of soup in winter especially, though I’m not averse to eating it all year round.

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    Kavita Favelle | Kavey Eats
    29th January 2018

    Ah I’ve heard about the vacuum blenders, will look forward to your review. I agree that spices marry so well with parsnips, your soup looks so delicious!

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      Choclette
      1st February 2018

      Aw thanks Kavey. I can’t get enough of soup at this time of year. The vacuum blender is by no means a pre-requisite for this type of soup, but it does blend rather beautifully.

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    Jacqui Bellefontaine
    29th January 2018

    I love the flavour combination of this soup. Thank you for sharing on #CookBlogShare.

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    Katie Bryson
    29th January 2018

    Apple and Parsnip is a lush flavour pairing… I’m going to be knocking this up at the weekend me thinks…

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      Choclette
      1st February 2018

      We still have a load of parsnips, so I think I might be knocking it up at the weekend too 😀

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    Dannii
    30th January 2018

    This is one of our favourite soups. It has a nice touch of sweetness and a good way to use up parsnips.

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      Choclette
      1st February 2018

      Yes, I totally agree Dannii. It also makes for a nice smooth texture.

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    Cathy @ Planet Veggie
    31st January 2018

    “Spices are an absolute must in parsnip soup, I reckon” I agree, as I don’t really like parsnips (although I’ll have a tiny bit of roasted parsnip at Christmas for tradition’s sake) but I love spicy parsnip soup.

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      Choclette
      1st February 2018

      It’s funny how we can eat some foods a certain way and not others. Spice helps with a lot of things.

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      Choclette
      13th February 2018

      Not sure I’d be too happy if you put this in front of me when I was expecting dessert 😉 It was delicious though.

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