Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Spiced Parsnip and Carrot Soup

A bowl of Spiced Parsnip and Carrot Soup
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This warming winter soup is a variation on HFW's parsnip and ginger soup (River Cottage Veg Everyday). I added carrots and cut down on the spices to give a more subtle flavour as favoured by my parsnip-disliking family! This is another useful for using up leftover veg and costs just a few pence per portion...any combination of root vegetables would work well.
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 large onion or leek
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cored
  • 4 large carrots, peeled
  • 1 medium potato, peeled
  • 1 litre/1¾ pts hot vegetable stock (I used a veg Oxo cube)
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger or a good pinch of ground ginger
  • A good pinch of ground cumin
  • Black pepper to taste
  • A little double cream to serve, optional
Roughly chop the vegetables into chunks.
Heat the oil/butter in a large pan.
Add the onions and cook gently for a few minutes.
Add all of the remaining vegetables and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
Add the spices (if using) and the vegetable stock. 
Bring to the boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the vegetable are tender.
Blend until smooth and then return to the heat for a couple of minutes.
Swirl with a little double cream before serving (optional).

Suitable for freezing

Top Tips: This soup is easily veganised by leaving out the dairy ingredients.
To adapt for babies and toddlers, make using water or a low-salt vegetable boullion. Omit or reduce the spices. Blend, then remove the children's portions. Return to the heat and add the remaining spices. Simmer gently for 5-10 minutes before serving, while the children's portions cool.

This recipe is my entry to Lisa's Kitchen leftover-themed No Croutons Required. 

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