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Spiced Parsnip Spinach Soup with Apple and Turmeric

Parsnip Spinach Soup

Soup is such a wonderful thing. This spiced parsnip spinach soup with apple and turmeric is a quick, delicious and nutritious meal. The sweetness from the parsnips, acidity from the apple and earthiness from the spinach give it a particularly tasty and rounded flavour profile. The additional flavour from the spices makes this an ideal winter warmer.

CT gets a bit sniffy about watching endless cookery programmes, although he does cave in for the Great British Bake Off. So when he’s away I take the opportunity and catch up on the odd programme. He’s been away enough over the last couple of months for me to see the entire Simply Nigella series. Her parsnip spinach soup I simply had to try.

Spiced Parsnip Spinach Soup

Parsnip soup is one of my favourites. I like it spiced or with apple, but I’d never thought to use spinach and make it green until I saw Nigella do it. Of course, by the time I got around to making it, I couldn’t remember what ingredients she’d used other than parsnip and spinach. I hunted for the recipe online, but it was not to be found.

Fine, I thought, I’ll make an amalgam of my two usual recipes and throw in some spinach for good measure.

Parsnip Spinach Soup

I decided I’d test out the soup function of my new ThermoCook whilst I was at it. How incredibly simple. I threw all the ingredients into the ThermoCook, selected the chop function, followed by smoothie followed by the thick soup programme and away it went. Twenty minutes later, I had a tasty hot jug of spiced parsnip spinach soup just waiting to be downed.

And it really was very tasty, just right for a chilly wet Cornish winter’s day.

You can however, make it in a saucepan and blitz it with a stick blender. I’ve given instructions for this in the recipe below.

Of course I now use the fabulous Froothie Evolve power blender, with its two glass jugs. One of which makes soup. And such beautiful smooth velvety soup. Not the picture you can see here, I hasten to add.

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Spiced Parsnip Spinach Soup with Apple and Turmeric

A quick, delicious and nutritious meal with sweetness from the parsnips, acidity from the apple and earthiness from the spinach. The additional flavour from the spices makes this an ideal winter warmer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Lunch, Supper
Cuisine: British
Keyword: apples, dairy free, parsnips, quick, soup, spinach, vegan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 206kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 400 g parsnips - scrubbed, but not peeled topped and tailed
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cooking apple
  • 1 thumb sized bit of root ginger - scrubbed, but not peeled
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric or ½ turmeric rhizome - scrubbed but not peeled
  • large handful of well washed spinach
  • 750 ml water
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp tamari or soy sauce of choice
  • 100 ml coconut cream


  • Place all ingredients except spinach and coconut cream into a large covered pan.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the spinach and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  • Add the coconut cream and blitz with a stick blender.


  • Place all fruit, veg and roots into the jug and chop for 1 minute.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, except coconut and select smoothie.
  • Select thick soup and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add the coconut cream and stir at speed 3 for 10 seconds.

Froothe Evolve

  • Roughly chop the parsnip, onion, garlic and apple and throw into the cooking jug. Add the remaining ingredients and enough water to take it up to the 1,400 level. Close the lid.
  • Either say "Froothie make my soup" or select the smooth soup function.
  • Thirty minutes later you will have the most fabulous piping hot bowl of delicously smooth soup.


Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 700mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2392IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg


I’m sending this spiced parsnip spinach soup off to No Croutons Required with Lisa’s Kitchen and Tinned Tomatoes.

The post contains affiliate links. Buying through a link to a Froothie product will not cost you any more, but I will get a small commission. This helps keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging. Opinions are, as always, my own.


  1. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    19th January 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Although I’m not keen on roasted parsnips, I love spicy parsnip soup and I love the sound of adding spinach and coconut cream. Yum.

    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 3:56 pm

      I never feel quite right if I haven’t had some greens during the day Cathy, so this is a great way to make sure I do 🙂

  2. Dom

    19th January 2016 at 2:55 pm

    this looks fabulous! I love the addition of spinach too. My apple and parsnip soup (thanks for the link) was very popular and got so much traffic which is odd for such a simple food. It is soup month though and always nice to see so many recipes. I could do with a bowl of yours now please. PLEASE!

    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Is it soup month? I must have missed that, or seen it and forgotten, which is even more likely!!! Always love your soups Dom. Of course you can have a bowl 🙂

  3. Sarah

    19th January 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Love the colour! I don’t think I’ve ever added spinach to soup before and I love spinach. Pinned and rated. 🙂

    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 4:02 pm

      I’m with you on the colour Sarah. There’s something I find quite appealing about green soups. Thanks for pinning and rating 🙂

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    19th January 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I had some parsnip soup with curry for the lunch too. I like the add of apples in this soup..yum!

    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Parsnip and apple soup is one of my favourites Angie, though this one was pretty good too 😉

  5. Laura@howtocookgoodfood

    19th January 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I love the flavours you have used here and have just posted a soup wthat combines veg with fruit too, I love this combo as much as you!

    • Choclette

      20th January 2016 at 9:03 am

      We’re big soup fans, but we tend to just chuck in whatever we have to hand, so it’s always different. Sometimes it’s nice to have something a bit more specific.

  6. Phil in the Kitchen

    19th January 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Parsnip makes such a fine soup for these winter days and I’m all for adding some extra healthy veg. Parsnips and Indian-style spices is such a perfect combination but I don’t think that anyone thought of it before Jane Grigson in the 1970s. What did we do with parsnip soup before that I wonder?

    • Choclette

      20th January 2016 at 9:05 am

      Good point Phil. It must have been the 70s when spices really took off in this country. It’s hard to imagine cooking without them now.

  7. manu

    20th January 2016 at 8:26 am

    I love parsnips. They’re perfect for a soup.
    Never tasted with spinach; I’ll give it a go!

    • Choclette

      20th January 2016 at 9:07 am

      Spinach was a good addition I found Manu and I’ll use it again.

  8. Janice

    20th January 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Great recipe for the ThermoCook. I put spinach in as many dishes as I can, I love it!

    • Choclette

      21st January 2016 at 9:04 am

      Thanks Janice. We tend to use chard mostly as it grows so easily, but spinach makes a nice change.

  9. Kate | The Veg Space

    21st January 2016 at 10:39 am

    What gorgeous colour Choclette! I bet this is super-tasty, I love parsnip with warm spices like turmeric, ginger and garam masala. Will bookmark this to try in my ThermoCook very soon!

    • Choclette

      23rd January 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Yes spicy parsnip soup is a firm favourite with me too Kate.

  10. davina goldammer

    21st January 2016 at 10:48 am

    I am really into turmeric so I can not wait to try this soup out! what a great healthy option!

    • Choclette

      23rd January 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Turmeric is such a great spice, I like the flavour and the colour and as an added bonus, you get health benefits – win, win, win.

  11. Elizabeth

    21st January 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I keep seeing recipes using turmeric root – I wish we could get that up here, but even using dried I bet this soup is AMAZING! Perfect for the cold we’re having!

    • Choclette

      23rd January 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth. Turmeric isn’t that easy to find down here either, so if I do happen to come across any, I buy quite a bit. It generally lasts quite a long time if you keep it in the cool.

  12. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    21st January 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I never really know where I stand on parsnips… I didn’t grow up eating them and I think I had my first one when I moved to the UK! Like the sound of this soup’s flavours though – especially the turmeric (going through a bit of a turmeric phase right now!)

    • Choclette

      23rd January 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Yes I guess parsnips must have seemed rather strange when you first tried them Jeanne – hadn’t thought of them as a novel crop. I’ve noticed everyone seems to be into turmeric at the moment. I love the flavour and health benefits of course, but really I just love the wonderful colour it gives.

  13. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    21st January 2016 at 10:58 pm

    A beautiful vibrant bowl Choclette. The combination of ingredients sounds so good! Really love the use of fresh turmeric and ginger……. all sounds very exotic and delicious!

    • Choclette

      23rd January 2016 at 7:26 pm

      You’ve made me see the soup with new eyes now Kate. Exotic? Well!

  14. Lisa

    29th January 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Great blend of flavours here. Parsnips are a wonderful addition to soup and I like that you added spinach too and a bit of spice. Thanks so much for sharing with NCR.

    • Choclette

      29th January 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks Lisa, I was really pleased with the spinach addition.

  15. Janie

    1st February 2016 at 11:35 am

    I’m feeling all very sorry for myself today and am working from the sofa with the woodburner roaring and cat purring. Now, I’m not after any sympathy, but if you happened to be passing and fancied dropping me in a big bowl of this soup, I wouldn’t say no 😀
    Janie x

    • Choclette

      1st February 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Oh dear, sorry to hear that Janie. Sounds like a fab idea though – if only work didn’t get in the way!

  16. Jan

    5th February 2016 at 10:55 am

    Oooh what a lovely combo Choclette!

    • Choclette

      6th February 2016 at 8:45 am

      Thanks Jan, adding spinach is not something I would have thought of, but it’s a good addition.

  17. Jacqueline Meldrum

    17th February 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Fabulous flavours Choclette. Love it! Tweeted, stumbled and yummed.

    • Choclette

      18th February 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks Jac, the spinach made it feel so much healthier somehow.


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