Parsnip, Pear, and Apple Soup


I adapted this recipe from some I had seen online, making it heartier and more to my family's taste. The blend of parsnips and fruits make such a satisfying, flavorful combination. Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
4 servings


  • 3 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 large apple - peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch slices

  • 1 large pear - peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch slices

  • 2 large leeks, white parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 quart chicken stock

  • 1 (2 inch) sprig fresh rosemary


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Toss parsnips with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a bowl; spread parsnips onto a baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until slightly tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Toss apples and pears with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a bowl. Push parsnips to one side of the baking sheet and spread apples and pears onto the other side of the baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the oven until fruit is soft and caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes.

  6. Heat remaining olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir leeks in hot oil until leeks are soft, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle balsamic vinegar over leeks. Stir parsnips, apples, pears, chicken stock, and rosemary into leeks. Bring to a simmer and cook until fruits and vegetables are completely tender and easily mashed against the side of the pot, about 20 minutes.

  7. Puree vegetable mixture using an immersion blender (or blend in batches in a blender) until soup has an applesauce-like consistency.

Cook's Notes:

Either white or dark balsamic vinegar is fine.

I use a stick blender right in the pot. If you are using a regular blender do it in batches and remember it is hot!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

375 Calories
22g Fat
47g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 375
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 709mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 10g 34%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 32mg 158%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 660mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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