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Root Vegetable Soup with Meatballs

Annabelle Breakey
Total time 50 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings
We love the play between the delicate, slightly sweet purée of turnips and parsnips and the savory cheese- and herb-enhanced meatballs. Serve this soup as the first course for a fall dinner party. Prep and Cook Time: 50 minutes. Notes: Some bread and a simple green salad turn this soup into an elegant meal for 4.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 medium turnips (about 1 lb.), peeled and chopped
  • 6 medium parsnips (about 1 1/2 lbs.), peeled and chopped
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated asiago, parmesan, or pecorino cheese
  • About 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 243
  • caloriesfromfat 41 %
  • protein 12 g
  • fat 11 g
  • satfat 5.2 g
  • carbohydrate 25 g
  • fiber 6.3 g
  • sodium 1206 mg
  • cholesterol 37 mg

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring, until soft, about 2 minutes. Add turnips, parsnips, broth, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, combine pork, 1 tbsp. chives, parsley, cheese, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a small bowl. Mix gently to combine. Form into 36 balls, about 1 tsp. each, and set aside.

  3. Whirl soup in a blender until smooth (in batches if necessary). Return to pot and keep warm over low heat.

  4. In a wide, shallow pan, bring at least 2 in. of water to a boil and add remaining 1 tsp. salt. Add meatballs and cook until they float to the surface and are cooked through (test one to be sure), about 4 minutes. Transfer to a warm plate with a slotted spoon.

  5. Divide soup among 6 bowls. Top each bowl with 6 meatballs and sprinkle with additional chives and pepper. Serve hot.

  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.