Apple and Parsnip Soup Recipe

Parsnip is a great ingredient for soups because it goes well with other vegetables or with fruit and has a great flavor. You can grow your own parsnips if you live somewhere cold because they don’t reach their peak until they’ve had a couple of hard frosts. This apple and parsnip soup recipe is easy to make and really good for any season. It makes pretty good comfort food too!

Beautiful Flavor Combo

This apple and parsnip soup recipe is warming and what I especially love about it is the combination of sweet and savory it offers.

The apple is of course sweet while the parsnip is mostly savory but with a special, natural sweetness of its own. These ingredients work very nicely with one another, each one bringing out the lovely flavor of the other.

You will enjoy the addition of cream and sage in this apple and parsnip soup recipe because these complement the other flavors in the soup and go so well.

Serve this soup with croutons if you like or perhaps with some crusty bread instead, so you can soak up every last delicious drop. This soup should appeal to the younger members of the family too, not just the grownups.

Parsnip Soup Starter with Apple
Parsnip and apple combine to make this beautiful soup, while cream, sage, cloves and butter complement the overall appeal. Thick, rich and fantastic, this makes a wonderful appetizer or lunch.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
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  • 25g (1 oz) butter
  • 1 cooking apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 700g (1.5 lbs) parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 150 ml (2/3 cup) single cream (light cream)
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 fresh sage leaves or half a teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 litre (2 pints) chicken stock
  • Fresh sage leaves or parsley to garnish
  • Croutons to garnish
  • Salt and black pepper
  1. Melt the butter, add the apple and parsnips, cover and cook for 10 minutes over a low medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the sage, cloves and stock, bring to the boil then cover and simmer for half an hour until the parsnip is soft.
  3. Remove the cloves and sage leaves, cool slightly then purée in a food processor or blender. Return to the pan and reheat with the cream.
  4. Season with salt and black pepper.
  5. Serve hot garnished with the croutons and parsley or sage.

This creamy apple and parsnip soup recipe boasts the flavor of apples and parsnips, offering a rich and creamy experience. Parsnip soup is not that unusual but most people have never tried it when apples are added, and this really does add a unique and special flavor with plenty of sweetness and yumminess. This soup is probably more aimed towards the grownups although if your child does like the taste of parsnip then he or she might also like this soup, especially since it is sweet and kids tend to like that. Start them on these more unusual veggies young and they will be more likely to try new foods. Parsnips are healthy of course too, since they are a vegetable. This apple and parsnip soup recipe is not difficult to make and you can garnish it however you wish, with croutons, fresh herbs or anything else you like.

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