Roasted Parsnip and Pear Soup

Oct 6, 2022 | Soup | 0 comments

Roasted Parsnip and Potato Soup

Roasting the parsnips really brings out the sweetness of this vegetable. That sweetness paired (no pun intended!) with the sweetness of the pear is such a great flavor profile! Just a hint of herbs with the addition of the fresh thyme, and WOW! Your taste buds will do a happy dance!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Salt, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Fall Favorites, fall soup, leeks, parsnip, pears, Thanksgiving
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Denise Balistrieri

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Silicone Baking Mat or Parchment Paper
  • Medium Soup or Stockpot
  • High Speed Blender or Immersion Blender

Ingredients

  • 5 Med Parsnips, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1-2 TBSP Vegetable Broth or water
  • 2 Med Leeks, cleaned and sliced thin (use up to light green parts)
  • 2 Med Pears, peeled, cored and diced
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 10 Sprigs Thyme, fresh
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 °F
  • On the lined baking sheet, add the cubed parsnips. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges turn slightly brown. (The more color, the more flavor!)
  • Heat the soup or stockpot over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the leeks and saute for about 2-3 minutes or until the leeks are soft and fragrant. If your mixture begins to stick to the bottom of the pan, add about 1 TBSP of water or broth and scrape your pan. You can repeat this step if you need to keep the mixture from sticking.
  • Add the pears and cook for a few more minutes or until the pears become soft.
  • Add the parsnips, vegetable broth, fresh thyme and bay leaf.
  • Bring to a low boil. Cover and cook for another 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove the soup from the heat. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes. If using an immersion blender, carefully place the blade of the blender on the bottom of the pot and process the soup until smooth.
  • If using a traditional blender, carefully add the soup mixture to the blender because it will be hot. Leaving the lid cracked to allow steam to escape start processing on low and gradually increase the speed to medium and process until the soup has reached the desired consistency.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Roasting the parsnips really brings out the sweetness of this vegetable. That sweetness paired (no pun intended!) with the sweetness of the pear is such a great flavor profile! Just a hint of herbs with the addition of the fresh thyme, and WOW! Your taste buds will do a happy dance!