Creamy Potato, Parsnip, and Leek Soup

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Fall weather always puts me in the mood for soup.  On a cold rainy day, nothing warms my family up better than a hearty soup.  Don’t be afraid to substitute ingredients in a recipe.  Don’t have parsnip? Replace with another starchy root vegetable such as carrots, celeriac (or celery ribs), turnip, or sweet potato. I like the sweet and salty taste that pan grilled pancetta adds to this soup, though it is flavorful on its own.

Creamy Potato, Parsnip, and Leek Soup

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 1 hour cooking
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2-4 T vegetable for sauteing vegetables
  • 2 medium parsnip peeled and chopped
  • 6 large potatoes Yukon gold peeled and cubed
  • 1 large onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 leek thinly sliced
  • 6 cups stock (vegetable or mushroom stock adds a lovely flavour)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cloves garlic (roasted if you have on hand)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme or 1 tsp fresh
  • salt and pepper to taste

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  1. Prepare the vegetables as directed and add to a large stock pot.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp of vegetable stock and place the stock pot over medium to high heat.
  3. Add the prepare vegetables to the pot and saute over medium-high heat for approx. 5 min. Cover until softened.  You may need to add another 2 T of stock to keep the vegetables from sticking.  This allows the flavours to brighten and adds a richness from the caramelized onion juices setting on the pan
  4. Add the 6 cups of stock and the water
  5. Add the sea salt, fresh ground pepper, roasted garlic, and thyme.  Bring to a simmer, cover and continue cooking until potatoes are tender, 25-30 minutes
  6. Remove from heat and using a hand blender* puree the soup in the pot.  You can decide if you need to add any more liquid.  If you think it’s too thick for you, add a little stock, water or if you like you can add non dairy milk. Start by adding 1/4 cup at a time.   (I usually only add extra liquid the next day if I am re-heating for leftovers, but it’s your soup follow your flavour instincts)
  7. Optional* Saute mushrooms and or onions until crispy over medium high heat.
  8. Test the soup for seasoning, you may want to add a little more salt, and/or pepper
  9. Ladle into serving bowls, garnish with thyme, mushrooms, and serve with a crusty bread if desired.

If you need a step by step pictures check out my Roasted Squash Soup Recipe.  This soup is prepared the same way.

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