Curried Parsnip Soup

"Adapted from the Bon Appetit Cookbook, by way of the Baltimore Sun, a delicious mild curry soup which takes full advantage of the natural sweetness of the parsnip."
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  • Melt butter and oil in a heavy, large saucepan over low heat. Add parsnips, onion and garlic. Cover and cook until vegetables begin to soften but not color, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  • Mix in flour and curry powder; stir 2 minutes. Gradually mix in broth. Increase heat to medium, cover and simmer until parsnips are tender, about 15 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Working in batches, puree soup in blender or food processor until smooth. Return soup to same saucepan. Stir in cream and bring to simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Ladle into bowls, garnish with chives or green onions and serve.

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  1. Perfect! This is one of these so simple, but oh, so good creamy soups, which only feature one veggie. And does it so well for the humble parsnip. A new favourite!
  2. A wonderful classic soup.....which we both loved! I used some par-boiled parsnips from the freezer and also some home-made chicken stock. I make a version of this soup myself, and I do not add cream normally, but we thought that it was a nice addition and takes the edge of the curry, making it mellow and milder.....I used liquid creme fraiche with excellent results. I thought there was quite a lot of fat and oil in the recipe, so I cut back on them considerably, I used a teaspoon of each - butter and olive oil, with good results. My soup was thicker than usual, but that suited us for the wet and cold day that we ate it! A classic soup, that we both enjoyed thanks Kate! Karen:-)


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