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January 22, 2013

Cream of curried parsnip soup, from Hedonia

Cream of curried parsnip soup, from Hedonia (on Soup Chick).

Whenever she made a huge vat of Jewish-style chicken soup, my mother peeled one parsnip and tossed it into the pot along with one peeled carrot, an onion, and a few sprigs of parsley (and the chicken, of course). I don't know what happened to that parsnip after it had given up its flavor to the soup broth; I don't think we ever ate it. Sean of Hedonia hadn't had much experience with parsnips until he tasted this cream of curried parsnip soup at the home of a friend in Scotland. The complexity of the flavors stayed with him, and he swapped yogurt for cream in the original recipe to add another layer of tang. Give parsnips a chance. Their sweetness will surprise you.

Get the recipe for cream of curried parsnip soup from Hedonia.

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Posted by: The Dutch Girl | January 22, 2013 at 07:26 AM

I was going to make parsnip and carrot soup today, but perhaps I'll try this instead. Have a happy day! Hanneke

Posted by: Kalyn | January 22, 2013 at 04:17 PM

I know I haven't cooked parsnips, and I'm not even sure I've eaten them, but this sounds good!

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | January 23, 2013 at 08:15 AM

Dutch Girl, how about both?!

Kalyn, parsnips get quite sweet when they're cooked. If you like cauliflower soup, you'll probably like this one.

Posted by: Ms. Glaze | January 27, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Parsnips I believe are in the same family as carrots and I think people that dislike them probably haven't tried them or think they are more like a turnip of some sort! I love parsnips, they are sweet like carrots but have a subtle parsley flavor and I look forward to them every Autumn and Winter.

I haven't tried currying them or making a soup purée yet, I normally roast 'em up, but you've inspired me. Great recipe. Thank you!

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | January 27, 2013 at 09:22 AM

Ms. Glaze, I agree. People who say they don't like parsnips may never have tried them. And you will love parsnips in soup!

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