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Carrot-Parsnip Soup with Parsnip Chips

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups soup, about 2 teaspoons parsnip chips, and 1/2 teaspoon chives)
Winter root vegetables, like carrots and parnsips, lend their complementary, slightly sweet flavors to this easy soup recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped parsnip (about 1 pound)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups coarsely chopped carrot (about 1 pound)
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1/8-inch-thick) slices parsnip
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Nutrition Information

  • calories 159
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 4.9 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 3.7 g
  • carbohydrate 26.4 g
  • fiber 6.4 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 388 mg
  • calcium 61 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add chopped parsnip, water, carrot, and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 50 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Place half of carrot mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed carrot mixture in a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining carrot mixture. Stir in salt and pepper.

  3. Heat remaining 5 teaspoons oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add parsnip slices; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle parsnip chips and chives over soup.

Cook's Notes

Stir in more water or broth if you prefer a thinner consistency.

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