Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Carrot Parsnip Soup

This is for you, Jules.

Carrot and Parsnip Soup
(adapted from Good Friends Cookbook)

3 TBSP. butter
3 carrots, peeled and chopped (I use organic for this soup)
3 parsnips, peeled and chopped
1 Vidalia onion, peeled and chopped
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 inch piece fresh ginger, chopped (or grated, if you keep it in the freezer)
1/2 tsp curry powder (or leave it out if you hate curry)
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (or parsley if you hate cilantro)

Melt butter in large saucepan, and add carrots, parsnips, onion, and potatoes. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Stir in ginger, curry and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Use a blender or hand blender (worth its weight in gold) to blend the soup until smooth. I usually reserve a small amount to keep a bit of chunkiness to it but you don't have to. Add cream and s/p, and keep it hot without boiling. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with Lottery Girl's featherlight potato rolls. If you have any left over, it's even better the next day.


nightsmusic said...

Okay, as much as I'm sure I'd love that soup, I'd only be able to make it if I lived alone. My family would turn their noses up.

My family is no fun.

A Novel Woman said...

You don't taste the parsnips, if that's what worries you. They just add some zing. It's a soup everyone goes nuts for at Christmas dinner. They might surprise you!

nightsmusic said...

Oh, it's not me. I love them. Paternal grandmother always used them or turnips in her pasties. If my family got the faintest hint of parsnips, they'd flee. But I'm keeping the recipe :) Maybe when the girls have moved out (please, dear God, let it be soon!) I can cook things *I* like again. DH will eat almost anything. :)

Julie K said...

Nightsmusic, I dare you to try it and just call it carrot/ginger soup instead:)

And darling, many thanks. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Yutha said...

Really Pam? Carrot Parsnip Soup? That's a hard sell for me....

A Novel Woman said...

Yutha, you'll just have to believe your sistah on this one. The littlest faerie will love this.

Lottery Girl said...

MMM!!! This sounds divine! And quite healthy as well. YUMM!

Thanks for posting!

Yutha said...

Maybe you could MAKE it for us - I don't believe you. I also don't think I like shortbread cookies, chocolate truffles and, um, homemade bread.