Parsnip Vegetable Soup

I had to use up a bunch of vegetables from my CSA box and came up with this soup. I like my soups very thick, but feel free to use more broth for a thinner soup. I only had sour cream in the fridge, but you can top with cream or crème fraiche as well.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced

  • 1 medium leek, thinly sliced

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, or more to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 3 medium parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 3 cups vegetable broth, or more to taste

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg, or to taste

  • 4 teaspoons sour cream


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add carrot, leek, onion, ginger, and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add parsnips and broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until all vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

  2. Puree soup with an immersion blender and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add more broth if soup is too thick.

  3. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

Cook's Notes:

I used a vegetable slicer to cut the carrot and turnips. The thinner the vegetables, the faster they cook.

You can also use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth if you're not vegetarian.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

192 Calories
8g Fat
30g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 192
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 415mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 23mg 116%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 523mg 11%

* 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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