Roasted Apple and Parsnip Soup


Besides being a delicious and comforting winter meal, this roasted apple and parsnip soup is great for honing your seasoning skills. With its mild, earthy, slightly sweet, gently aromatic flavor, it's the perfect vehicle for tasting the effects of salt on food. Garnish with croutons, crumbled blue cheese, and chives.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


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

  • 2 green apples - peeled, cored, and cut into thick slices

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • kosher salt to taste

  • 6 cups chicken broth

  • 1 russet potato, cut into 8 pieces

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Spread parsnips and apples out onto prepared baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the top and sprinkle with kosher salt. Toss to coat.

  3. Roast in preheated oven until parsnips and apples are tender and caramelized around the edges, about 30 minutes.

  4. Stir apple-parsnip mixture, chicken broth, and potato together in a large pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.

  5. Puree apple mixture with an immersion blender until soup is smooth. Stir cream into soup and season with cayenne pepper and salt; cook until heated through, 2 to 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use a mixture of chicken broth and water instead of only chicken broth, if desired.

A diced yellow onion could be added to the roasted vegetables. I didn't want this too sweet, so I tried without one, and it was amazing, but I'll try the next batch with that addition.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

273 Calories
12g Fat
40g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 273
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 35mg 175%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 782mg 17%

* 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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