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Fantastic Beets, Baggage, and Brew Stew

Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Prop Styling: Mark Driskill 

Active time 20 mins
Total time 2 hrs

Serves 8

Red and purple beets give this stew an inviting vibrance, while fresh thyme, garlic, and red onion add to the rich flavor. Inspired by the magical wizarding world, this smooth and flavorful soup is sure to satisfy the greatest of Harry Potter fans. 


  • 3 pounds medium red/purple beets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt, divided
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 large parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 6 cups chicken stock (may add up to 8 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • fresh dill springs (optional)

How to Make It