SOUP SATURDAY: ROOT VEGETABLES

Third Saturday of the month, which means it’s time for soup! This month’s Soup Saturday Event event is hosted by Wendy, from A Day in the Life on the Farm. She chose Root Vegetables as the theme.  I thought about making a potato soup I’ve had in my files sitting for 6 years. Yes, I checked. That soup calls for two kinds of potatoes and it also involves shrimp. Unusual, right? I definitely have to make it before another 6 years go by. But then, another option called my attention, one that features a veggie that doesn’t get much praise. The parsnip. Inspiration for the recipe came from  the cookbook The New England Soup Factory, but I modified it quite a bit. Parsnips paired with tomatoes, a tasty idea. No matter your stance on this humble looking root veggie, I am certain you will love this soup.


PARSNIP AND TOMATO SOUP

(inspired by New England Soup Factory)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large shallot, diced
2 ribs celery, sliced
8 medium parsnips, peeled and cut in chunks
1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, peeled, with liquid
1 bottle V8 juice (12 ounces)
2 cups water
1/4 cup half and half
salt and pepper
fresh dill
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Add the olive oil, shallot and celery pieces into a pan, and saute until soft and fragrant in low heat, about 5 minutes. Add the parsnips, increase heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until it get a bit of color.
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Add the tomatoes with the liquid, stir to release brown bits from the pan.  Transfer to a pressure cooker, add the V8  juice and 1 cup of the water. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, cook on top of the stove until the parsnip pieces are tender, around 50 minutes.  If you use a pressure cooker, cook for 20 minutes and release pressure under cold running water.
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Transfer contents to a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth. Return to the pan. If too thick, thin with additional water. If too thin, simmer to thicken it. Add the half and half, some fresh dill and simmer gently for a couple of minutes. Ladle into soup bowls and add fresh dill right before serving it.
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Sprinkle some more fresh dill as a garnish.
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ENJOY!
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Comments: I was really pleased with this soup. I love tomato soup but sometimes find it a bit too intense. The parsnips mellow the flavor of the tomato and give the whole thing a more earthy flavor. It’s important to use a very powerful blender, otherwise you could get a bit of  a fibrous texture. I ran the blender for a few minutes to make sure it was absolutely smooth. Oranges and tomatoes are great together, so when I enjoyed the soup again for my lunch next day, I added a bit of orange zest and squeezed some orange juice while warming it. Very nice, and the dill doesn’t fight with the citric flavor. I had never used V8 as a cooking ingredient, but will definitely keep it around, maybe even the spicy version for added kick. Often vegetable soups include chicken stock, but for the most part I prefer to use either water of a veggie stock. The half and half could be omitted, I suppose, if you like to keep it lower in fat, but it is such a small amount, I say go for it…
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27 thoughts on “SOUP SATURDAY: ROOT VEGETABLES

  1. I didn’t know it was Soup Saturday tomorrow (it’s only 10:30 Friday night in my time zone) but I do have some soup posting tomorrow! A shrimp one too, ha! I do hope you get around to the shrimp and potato soup one soon, as me and the hubs love shrimp. I am quite partial to the spicy V8. Either way, this root soup sounds and looks tasty. 🙂

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    • Next time I’ll go for the spicy kind. We have so many options for V8, single serving tiny cans, bigger cans, small bottles, big bottles…. A bit much, if you ask me 😉

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  2. Good morning! I’m glad to have a use for the parsnips I usually pass by in the market.

    What size can of tomatoes? 14 ox or 28 ox? I’ll make a guess on the bottle of V8 based on the photo, but it would be nice to know.

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      • Thanks – in one of my other lives I’m a copy editor so I notice these things. Agree that V-8 is marketed in too many forms. It’s all about claiming shelf space in the market and the more brand extensions you can think up, the more space you might get.

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    • You must grab a bag and play, for some I think it’s an acquired taste, but I find their slightly sharpness quite pleasing… plus, so much lighter than other root veggies!

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  3. I love parsnips, any which way I can get them. And they always behave so well in a soup. Never thought of adding V8 juice to a soup in place of stock, I’ll have to get some and try it.

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  5. Yum, so many great ideas here.
    The V8 juice (which I adore!!!) and then the garnish of dill, which is one of my favourite herbs.
    Going to try this soon. 😀

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