I’m a big fan of soup. I serve it year round, from hearty stews in the dead of winter to a cooling gazpacho or an avocado bisque in the heat of July. When chillier winds start to blow in November, soup is definitely on the menu. It’s cozy warmth really help to bring the family together around the table when the darkness comes early. And they smell so good too!
Tonight’s soup is a perfect dish for early fall, as the ingredients are what is naturally on hand. Parsnips from the garden and apples from the orchard make this soup a creamy delight. Non-dairy, and not too sweet, it’s scented with cumin and coriander. Perfect as an accompaniment to a roast or stuffed chops, or serve it on it’s own, with a hearty bread like sourdough or cheddar biscuits and a green salad. With only a couple of ingredients it’s super simple to make and can be made ahead. It will keep in the fridge for a few days, too.
For a nicer flavor, roast the parsnips in the oven for about 40 minutes on 350. You can peel them first or just leave them as they are. It will slightly caramelize the sugars and make for a richer soup. Any variety of apples will do, but my favorites are good old Mackintosh or Gala.
Parsnip and Apple Soup
2 tbs good Olive Oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 firm apples, peeled and chopped
8 to 15 parsnips, depending on the size. (more for 1″ or less at the crown)
3 1/2 cups (or more depending on desired consistency) of chicken or vegetable broth
Sprinkle of cumin
Sprinkle of coriander
Salt and pepper to taste
Saute the onion in the olive oil until tender. Add the apples and a dash of salt and and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft. Add the parsnips and the broth and cook for 20 minutes if you roasted the parsnips first, 40 minutes if not. Allow to cool and puree the mixture in a blender, or use a hand blender right in the pot. Sprinkle with the spices and stir. Serve alone or with finely chopped parsley or a dollop of yogurt. Enjoy!