Root Vegetable Soup with Meatballs

Annabelle Breakey

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.

Yield: Makes 6 servings
Total:
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Recipe Time

Total: 50 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 243
  • Calories from fat: 41%
  • Protein: 12g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 5.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 25g
  • Fiber: 6.3g
  • Sodium: 1206mg
  • Cholesterol: 37mg

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. 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. 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. 3. Whirl soup in a blender until smooth (in batches if necessary). Return to pot and keep warm over low heat.
  4. 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. 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.
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