Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
The Man and I are back in Luxembourg after spending a few weeks catching up with everyone in Paris. The weather here is a little bizarre… one minute there’s snow, then nasty rain. Hmmm. Soup weather you say? Absolutely! It makes me yearn for the soup I made a couple of weeks ago in Herblay: thick, velvety, wintery parsnip soup.
I immediately thought of Hanin who, after she tasted this soup a year or so ago, made me promise to share the recipe. The original comes from my all-time favorite 400-Best Ever Soups cookbook (the same book that inspired my French Onion Soup post). Since I’m laying off dairy and meat, I made vegan alterations for ingredients like chicken stock and butter. The result is a lighter parsnip soup that’s just as good as the original and less caloric to boot!
- 900gr / 2lb parsnips
- 15 ml / 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 10 ml / 2 tsp ground cumin (or more… cumin is the bomb diggity)
- 5 ml / 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1.2 liters / 5 cups vegetable stock
- 150 ml / 2/3 cup almond milk
- Salt & pepper
- Chives and / or croutons to garnish (hold the croutons if you’re making this gluten free)
Peel and thinly slice parsnips. This took me a while to do, I suggest using a mandoline if you’ve got one. Chop onion and garlic.
Heat oil in a pan and add parsnips, onion and garlic. Stir occasionally. You’ll know the parsnips are done when they have softened but not colored.
Add the spices and stir, cooking for about 2 minutes.
Gradually pour the stock and mix well.
Cover the pan and simmer for about 20-30 minutes until the parsnips are nice and soft.
Using a hand blender, purée the soup until smooth. No hand blender? Just purée in batches in a regular blender before returning soup to the pan.
Add the almond milk and mix well. Reheat for a few minutes if required.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Tip: If the soup is too thick for your liking, just add a little extra vegetable stock. Adjust seasoning accordingly.
Toss some fresh chopped chives and / croutons and serve immediately. Enjoy with a good book while sitting by the fireplace (optional).