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Rating: 4 stars
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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

273 calories; protein 3.1g; carbohydrates 40.4g; fat 12.4g; cholesterol 27.2mg; sodium 92mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/29/2016
Added a roasted onion and instead of adding heavy cream I topped it with some crème fraîche and chives. It was deliciously warm and comforting and I fell asleep soon after consuming it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/12/2015
It was bland with a color and consistency that reminded us of baby food. Read More
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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/29/2016
Added a roasted onion and instead of adding heavy cream I topped it with some crème fraîche and chives. It was deliciously warm and comforting and I fell asleep soon after consuming it! Read More
(1)
Rating: 1 stars
03/12/2015
It was bland with a color and consistency that reminded us of baby food. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
09/09/2015
I used 4 cups chicken broth & 3 cups water. Added 1/2 teaspoon salt at the end. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2019
I sweated some onions and garlic first and then made as directed without the heavy cream Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2019
Great flavors and perfect garnishes (I added creme fraiche as well it was wonderful). If it's bland add salt (and cayenne). Mine required a lot of salt. I added a bit more water to thin it out. I didn't think mine needed straining. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/28/2020
I wanted to love this, but it tasted like apple sauce mostly. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/28/2015
Very little flavor - I would not make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2017
I loved this! My first time eating parsnips they were oven roasted and undercooked - tough and fibrous cubes of too much of anise flavor. This soup really opens up the true flavor of parsnips and the light sweetness of the apple pairs beautifully well. I ve almost never had a need to substitute things in any of chef John s recipes (unless specified by Chef John himself to experiment). Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2019
I halved the the recipe but otherwise followed as written. It comes together easily. The parsnips have a surprisingly sweet flavor so using the bleu cheese croutons provides a nice counter balance of flavors. My soup turned out very thick so perhaps an increase of additional stock or water is in order. I would make it again. Read More