Have you ever bought a parsnip? I don’t think I’ve ever bought one, but they are going on this week’s grocery list because I’m going to try Chef A’s curried carrot and potato soup later this week.

Parsnips, according to Chef A, are kind of like a cross between a carrot and a potato with a light hint of ginger flavor. They are high in dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, manganese, and potassium. It seems like Chef A really knows how to choose the power foods for her soups.

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Total time:40 minutes


  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 3-4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp curry seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • cilantro
  • sour cream
Cooking directions
  1. In a large soup pot, add olive oil, carrots, parsnips, onion, garlic and ginger
  2. Cook the vegetables over medium to medium-high head for 5-8 minutes (or until tender)
  3. Check to see if the vegetables are "fork tender" (see video)
  4. Add the chicken (or vegetable) stock to the pot
  5. Bring up to a boil and let cook for 10 minutes
  6. Add the curry seasoning, salt and pepper
  7. Ladle the soup into a blender
  8. Add the cream and blend until the soup is smooth
  9. Pour the soup into a bowl and top with cilantro and sour cream, enjoy!

Like her other soups, this is one that takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Take a look. 

See also:

How to grow carrots

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Curried carrot and parsnip soup
With just a few ingredients, Chef A prepares a smooth, creamy carrot and parsnip soup in under 30 minutes.