squash and parsnip soup
Recipe type: soup
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Serves: 2-4
  • 1 squash, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 to 3 parsnips, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • sprinkle or two of ground cumin
  • olive oil
  • seas salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • water (3 to 4 cups)
  • feta cheese (topping)
  • lime wedge (optional)
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add a generous splash of olive oil then toss in chopped onion. You could also use leeks instead of the onion. Allow onions to become soft then add squash and parsnips. Stir to combine and let the heat warm the vegetables. I like to add a bit more olive oil if the bottom of the pot is looking dry. Cook for another 5 or so minutes then add the cumin and whole garlic. I love the aromatics when cumin meets the warmth of a pot so be generous but no more than a tablespoon – you want a hint of the spice.
  2. Now it’s time to add the water. You want to cover the veggies and then some. I like to start out with two or three cups of water and add more if needed. Increase heat, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a rolling simmer and leave covered for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. When vegetables are fork tender, remove from heat and use a hand blender. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Serve with crumbled feta cheese and freshly grated black pepper.
The Culinary Chase’s Note: Add half an apple (peeled and chopped) to the soup; it’ll add a touch of sweetness. To bring out the nutritional goodness from the vegetables, squeeze a lime wedge into the soup. Enjoy!
Recipe by The Culinary Chase at https://theculinarychase.com/2016/01/squash-and-turnip-soup/