White Chocolate Parsnip Soup

Posted on Mar 08, 2021 by Jack McCann
Tags: Recipes soup vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds parsnips (4-8 parsnips)
  • Olive oil
  • ~500g of sweet onion (about 3 onions)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2-3 quarts of chicken stock
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • ~125g of white chocolate (~3/4 cup)
  • 1-2 cups of heavy cream
  • Fresh rosemary, chopped (about 2 teaspoons to start)
  • Almonds, lightly toasted and chopped
  • Lime

Instructions

Optional to do ahead of time

  1. Make your own chicken stock - can be frozen or kept in the fridge for days
  2. Roast your parsnips - can be a few days ahead of time and stored in the fridge if desired
  3. Peel parsnips and cut ends, then slice into 1-2" pieces and put on a baking sheet
  4. Coat generously with lots of olive oil
  5. Roast in a 350-400 degree oven until lightly browned and soft

Day of serving

  1. Slice onions into moderate-sized pieces
  2. Melt butter into a large heavy stockpot over med-low heat, add onions
  3. Stir onions as needed and until they are lightly caramelized, not too dark. maybe 10-20 min depending on your heat level
  4. Add 2 quarts of stock to deglaze pot, bring to a simmer
  5. Add about 2 teaspoons of rosemary, roasted parsnips and cook longer if needed to fully soften - probably 20 min
  6. Add vanilla, cream and chocolate
  7. Use an immersion or regular blender to puree until smooth - adding broth as needed to get a light texture.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste
  9. Garnish with lime slices, chopped almonds and rosemary.

If you prefer, you can juice the lime and add to taste with the salt/pepper.


Consider some chili oil for a bit of kick on the garnish as well.


Note: Don't over roast your parsnips by forgetting about them in the oven like I did when I made a patch to take the photo... I kind of forgot about them until we realized it was almost burnt. The soups much better with a lighter roast!


Its OK if you're not perfect cooking sometime, you can always learn... like I learned that I really just need to set timers when roasting things and getting other work done!


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