Parsnip Soup with Toasted Hazelnuts that can be made on the stovetop or roasted in the oven. Easy, delicious and vegan- adaptable! Updated 11/2019
Parsnip Soup with hazelnuts, cardamom and thyme. A simple soup that can be made on the stovetop or roasted in the oven. Vegan Adaptable. #parsnipsoup #parsniprecipes #parsnips
 I broke through another layer into joyfulness.
Rumi
This recipe for Roasted Parsnip Soup with Toasted Hazelnuts is elegant enough for the holidays yet simple enough for a casual weeknight meal. Delicious and easy, this recipe is cozy and comforting and easily made vegan.
Make it in one pot on the stovetop, or if you prefer,  take the slightly slower way of roasting the parsnips which will elevate the flavor of the soup- perfect for lazy Sundays.
parsnip soup with apples, hazelnuts and cardamom

To be here in winter, one must look for the gifts… even the small ones. They come in many forms, usually right in front of us.

I often find them in the kitchen, little messages from the universe, that take the form of produce.  😉

The rough-skinned parsnips remind me that beneath tough exteriors often resides the tenderest and sweetest of souls, and how important it is to look beyond surfaces.
Parsnip Soup with hazelnuts, cardamom and thyme. A simple soup that can be made on the stovetop or roasted in the oven. Vegan Adaptable. #parsnipsoup #parsniprecipes #parsnips
Parsnips have come to be one of my favorite winter vegetables.  They are called a “winter vegetable” because their flavors are not fully developed until the roots have been exposed to near-freezing temperatures for 2 to 4 weeks in early winter.
Their exterior is quite tough-looking, but when you get past their surface, there is something extraordinary about them.  They have a sweetness, an earthiness and a complexity that makes them interesting and memorable.
Like my favorite kind of people.
This soup is fairly easy to make if you do it on the stovetop. One pot, 30 minutes flat!
But if you have a little more time,  roast the ingredients in the oven… which will a little more complexity and depth to the soup.
Because Parsnips, onions and apple roast at different speeds,  they are cut into different sizes to ensure they don’t get overcooked, or undercooked. The apple is cut into big pieces- it will cook the fastest. Place them on a parchment-lined, high sided pan, in separate sections. Tuck the garlic cloves in whole.
Cover tightly with foil.  Place in a 400 F oven and set your timer for 20 mins.
Parsnip Soup with hazelnuts, cardamom and thyme. A simple soup that can be made on the stovetop or roasted in the oven. Vegan Adaptable. #parsnipsoup #parsniprecipes #parsnips
Then simply puree in a blender with the broth and seasonings.
Season with thyme, cardamom and white pepper and salt. Whisk in some cream or vegan cream.
Parsnip Soup with hazelnuts, cardamom and thyme. A simple soup that can be made on the stovetop or roasted in the oven. Vegan Adaptable. #parsnipsoup #parsniprecipes #parsnips

This soup is also great for freezing. Make a batch and freeze andy leftovers. ( Remember to leave 1-2 inches space at the top of the jar for expansion.)

Parsnip Soup with hazelnuts, cardamom and thyme. A simple soup that can be made on the stovetop or roasted in the oven. Vegan Adaptable. #parsnipsoup #parsniprecipes #parsnips
Serve with the crushed hazelnuts.
If you happen to have hazelnut oil, a little drizzle is really nice here for finishing.
Parsnip Soup with hazelnuts, cardamom and thyme. A simple soup that can be made on the stovetop or roasted in the oven. Vegan Adaptable. #parsnipsoup #parsniprecipes #parsnips
On the homefront: It’s Christmas Eve 2011. Our catering work is finally done for the season and all we have left to do for the next few days is relax.

As as I type snow begins to fall… just in time for a white Christmas. The last few days have been dreamy and beautiful. The trees are perfectly flocked. The sun breaks through this morning and everything shimmers, the air is glittery, sparkling with snow dust. It catches me by surprise, the beauty of it all. And for a moment everything stops… I feel awestruck.

The holidays are difficult without the ones we love. Last year especially -Brian and I both lost our mothers. The holiday table was heavy with sadness and bewilderment.
But in its gradual way, the loss has become a little easier to hold. Somehow our hearts have become a little lighter over time. Joyful even, brief moments, that glitter.   I don’t understand it, but I take them greedily.
Perhaps because loss teaches us that nothing lasts, life has become so precious. Everything so beautiful. Even parsnips in their own unique way.
Have a beautiful holiday season!
I hope you enjoy this Parsnip Soup!
Cheers and Love, 
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Parsnip Soup with hazelnuts, cardamom and thyme. A simple soup that can be made on the stovetop or roasted in the oven. Vegan Adaptable. #parsnipsoup #parsniprecipes #parsnips

Parsnip Soup with Toasted Hazelnuts

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: soup, vegetarian
  • Method: stovetop or roasted
  • Cuisine: Pacific Northwest
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Parsnip Soup with Apples, Cardamom and Toasted Hazelnuts. Vegan adaptable. make this on the stovetop, or roast the parsnips in the oven! If hazelnut allergies, sub walnuts and walnut oil.


Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons oil or butter
  • one onion, diced ( see instructions in notes, if roasting)
  • 6 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme  (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
  • 1/4 th of an apple, sliced
  • 1  lbs parsnips, washed and sliced to 1/2 inch thick disks
  • 4 cups stock- veggie or chicken
  •  salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, half and half or vegan cream (all optional- see notes)

Garnish: toasted hazelnuts ( or walnuts), crushed. A drizzle of hazelnut oil (optional). Thyme sprigs.


Instructions

Stovetop version:  ( see notes for roasted version) 

  1. Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and saute until fragrant and golden, 6-7 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and apples. Saute 2-3 more minutes until frgrant.
  2. Add parsnips and stock and salt. Give a stir and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer until parsnips are cooked through, about 12-14 minutes.
  3. Turn heat off and puree either using an immersion blender or  regular blender ( blend in batches) until smooth. Place back in the pot over low heat.
  4. Whisk in the cardamom and white pepper, add the cream. Taste and adjust the salt and spices to your liking.
  5. Serve in bowls with crushed toasted hazelnuts. A little drizzle of hazelnut oil is nice if you have it too. Top with a thyme sprig. Enjoy!

Notes

Roasting: 400F oven.

You can roast the parsnips, onion, apple and garlic in a large baking dish.  (You may need two baking dishes ). Leave the garlic whole and cut the 1/4th apple in 2 pieces. Slice the onion and parsnips into 1/2 inch thick disks. Drizzle generously with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.  COVER TIGHTLY WITH FOIL.

Roast until really tender, about 20-30 minutes. Puree with the stock or broth. Place in a pot add fresh thyme leaves and continue with stovetop instructions, adding salt, spices, cream etc.

Roasting will elevate the flavor, but will take longer and add another pan to clean. 🙂

For a lower fat version- you can leave the cream out of this soup for a lightened up version. Parsnips are so naturally creamy, you may not need it, or need all of it.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1.25 cups (with heavy whipping cream)
  • Calories: 224
  • Sugar: 8.5 g
  • Sodium: 403.4 mg
  • Fat: 13.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.7 g
  • Fiber: 6.6 g
  • Protein: 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 11.3 mg

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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    1. I would say most soups freeze well. Take a look at our soup collection: https://www.feastingathome.com/cozy-fall-soups-to-savor-now/

  1. This dish is incredible! Great flavor and fills your tummy. Yum!

    I even learned a new vegetable, parsnips. I chose to roast the parsnips and loved the smell filling the kitchen :o)

    It’s even adaptable to those that would like some meat in the soup. I’ve added separate cooked Italian mini meatballs and then tried cooked chorizo. Both were a success to family. However I prefer the soup alone!

    1. Hi Anna- I think that could work? I have not personally tried it, so not positive. Will you let me know how it turns out?