Another Healthy Low Fat Soup – Spicy Parsnip

by Organikal on January 22, 2007

I forget where I got this recipe – as with many of my soups, I will have discovered it in a book or magazine, and have adapted it over the years to suit my tastes. I recall this soup being much spicier in the past, but I overdid the chilli one year, and given I’m a wee bit sensitive to chilli, I now leave it out altogether.

Here’s my top reasons for becoming a soup addict during the winter:

1. Soup is the best way to increase your vegetable intake in winter – its warm and tasty
2. Its so easily digestible, it works well for evening meals and with the addition of some sensible accompaniments like oatcakes, really fills you up
3. Low in fat and relatively low in carbs, this soup is sweet enough to satisfy those cravings you get after all the Christmas luxury chocolates – and I get loads…
4. Soup is so very easy to make, and I can make a couple of batches (usually 3 or 4) to see me through the whole week
5. As long as its blended to within an inch of its life, I can also serve soup to Organikal child. His favourite is my plum tomato and pasta soup – recipe coming soon!

Okay, for this one you’ll need some oil, 1 chopped red onion, 3 chopped parsnips, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 1 tbsp plain flour,  800ml-1litre veg stock (depends how thick you like it), juice of 1 lemon and some spices. I used to add some chilli powder in addition to some garam masala – again, the quantities should be to taste – now I’ve settled on only 1heaped tsp of garam masala to avoid nippy tongue and frowns from the child!

Heat the oil and add your onion and parsnips together with the garlic and saute gently for about 10 minutes until soft, but not coloured – be careful not to burn the garlic – keep the heat really low, with the lid on.
Add the spices and the flour and stir for a minute or so, before adding the stock and lemon juice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

Blend until creamy and serve anytime soon!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Clarke Ching January 22, 2007 at 5:05 pm

Parsnips? There’s nothing good about parsnips. Nothing. But, keep up the good work despite this small slip!



Yvonne January 22, 2007 at 8:24 pm

Clarke – there may be nothing good about parsnips but this is the most delicous soup I have ever tasted and any veg is good for you – right?


Organikal January 22, 2007 at 9:03 pm

Hey Clarke :o ) Bad experience with a parsnip as a kid ?
You want to know the really best thing to do with a parsnip?
Here goes – set your oven to about 200 Centrigade – peel or scrub parsnip thoroughly, top and tail, then use a vegetable peeler to slice of very thin slivers of parsnip. You’ll get loads of these out of a single parsnip. Take a couple of baking sheets and lightly rub with olive oil. Lay out single strips of parsnip on the tray, so that none of them overlap – then stick them in the oven. Keep an eye on them, and in about 10 minutes or so – depending on your oven, you’ll have the best crisps ever – and ones that you don’t mind giving to your kids – no MSG or hydrogenated fats here. Go on Clarke – I dare you! Tell you what, if we ever do get around to organising a dinner date I’ll tempt you with some…


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