I made this soup in an attempt to get my husband to eat parsnips, he hates them apparently! Not any more, I tricked him with this delicate soup, based on a German theme but rich and creamy with a hint of apples and spice! The wine can be omitted and replaced with extra stock.
- 50g butter
- 1 chopped onion
- 400g parsnips, peeled and chopped
- 1 large potato peeled and chopped
- 250ml dry white wine (Riesling)
- 150ml apple juice
- 500ml vegetable or chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp garlic granules
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 200ml single cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- handful smoked lardons
in a large pan soften the onions in the butter then add the parsnips and potatoes, cook for a few minutes stirring all the time. Then add the wine and bring to a boil this will remove the alcohol content but leave the taste.Add the stock, mustard, apple juice and all the seasonings. Simmer about twenty minutes until the vegetables are soft. Using a hand blender stick blitz the soup until very smooth, add more stock if its a bit thick . Add the cream and let it heat gently.
Meanwhile in a frying pan cook the lardons in their own fat, it will be released as soon as it gets warm. Crisp them up.
To serve, ladle soup into bowls then swirl a little cream into it, place a spoonful of lardons in the centre and sprinkle with smoked paprika. To make this vegetarian friendly omit the lardons and replace with a sprinkle of toasted pumpkin seeds.