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Velvety Leek and Parsnip Soup

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

This complex-tasting soup is delicious and the beautiful bright green color feels like spring. Letting the vegetables sauté slowly gives it a rich depth of flavor. The parsnips and turmeric add an earthiness and putting it all through the blender creates a creamy, silky texture, even though there is no added cream or butter. Use vegetable stock to make the recipe vegan.

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Velvety Leek and Parsnip Soup


Servings: 4-6

Cook Time: about 25 minutes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Need: blender


4 large leeks

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7 medium parsnips, peeled

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium Russet potato, peeled

3 garlic cloves, chopped

Salt & black pepper

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 bay leaf

6 cups (1.4 liters) chicken or vegetable stock

Optional for serving: dollop of crème fraîche or Greek yogurt, croutons


Remove the root ends, dark green parts and outer layers of the leeks. Cut about 1-inch lengthwise into the leeks, from the green part down. Fan the leaves open a bit and run under cold water to remove the sand and dirt.


Cut the leeks and parsnips into 1-inch pieces.


Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add

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the leeks and parsnips with a pinch of salt. Sauté for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened, but not browned.


Cut the potato into ½-inch cubes. Add the potato, chopped garlic, a dash of ground black pepper, turmeric and the bay leaf to the pot. Stir to coat.


Add the broth and increase the heat to high. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.


Discard the bay leaf. Purée the soup in a blender until it reaches a creamy consistency (like a thin milkshake). You may need to do this in two batches and add a little water if it is too thick.


Taste for seasoning and reheat before serving. Serve with some croutons or a dollop of crème fraîche or Greek yogurt.

And bon appétit!

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