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Creamy Parsnip With Ginger Soup

Creamy Parsnip With Ginger Soup

USA WEEKEND columnist Pam Anderson

USA WEEKEND columnist Pam Anderson

A pureed vegetable soup can be an impressive, easy and affordable first course for an elegant dinner, or even a light dinner on its own with salad and bread.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 177 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 10.3 g
  • 16%
  • Carbs:
  • 20g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 87 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep saute pan until shimmering.
  2. Add parsnips, then onion; saute, stirring very little at first, then more frequently, until vegetables start to turn golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add butter, sugar and garlic; continue cooking until all vegetables are a rich spotty caramel color, about 10 minutes longer.
  4. Add ginger, cardamom, allspice and cayenne pepper; continue to saute until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.
  5. Add broth; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until parsnips are tender, about 10 minutes.
  6. Using an immersion blender or traditional blender, puree until very smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (If using a traditional blender, vent it either by removing the lid's pop-out center or by lifting one edge of the lid. Drape the blender canister with a kitchen towel. To 'clean' the canister, pour in a little half-and-half, blend briefly, then add to the soup.)
  7. Return to pan (or a soup pot); add enough half-and-half so the mixture is souplike, yet thick enough to float garnish. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. Heat through, ladle into bowls, garnish and serve.
  8. All done! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments!
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Reviews

Kelly
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Kelly

12/16/2004

This is simply fantastic -- it freezes well, and warms up nicely for lunch at work. I will make this again!!!

MISSSMEW2
12

MISSSMEW2

2/22/2005

This was an excellent recipe for someone who has never before tried parsnips. I used 1% milk instead of half and half and the soup was still lovely and thick - the perfect food for a snowy winter night. I will make this again.

LAURIEB21
12

LAURIEB21

1/20/2005

I received rave reviews on this soup! Can't wait to make it again!

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