My parsley root soup recipe is another easy meal inspiration for the cold season. What I especially love about this clean eating soup is its intense tangy and yet delicate flavor. As the name suggests, this parsley root soup tastes of parsley without being obtrusive.
What are parsley roots?
You know parsley, but you’ve never heard of parsley roots? Then you are in the same boat like me some years ago. Again it was my vegetable subscription box that introduced to me this inconspicuous root. After I cooked and tasted my first parsley root soup, me and my family were hooked.
And I’m sure you will be hooked too! As vegetables play an important role in the clean eating kitchen it is always a good idea to get to know additional vegetable types.
The glorious come back of this ancient vegetable is owed to creative professional cooks. With good reason: parsley roots not only taste delicious but they are cooked quickly, are very flexible and can be paired almost with everything.
The pale parsley roots are often confused with parsnips (see picture above) while its shape resemble carrots. The most remarkable sign for parsley roots are the parsley herbs on top which you won’t see at parsnips. As classic winter root you can get parsley roots on farmer’s markets from October till beginning of March.
Parsley root soup recipe preparation tip
My mission on leanjumpstart.com is to simplify your clean eating habits. With the parsley root soup recipe I present to you a quick and easy recipe that can be ready within 30 minutes.
For proper preparation I recommend a potato peeler. Start to peel thoroughly first the thin bottom, then the thick top of the root. Then cut the ends of the roots, rinse and cut in small chunks.
- 11 oz. /300 grams parsley roots in small chunks
- 7 oz./200 grams potatoes in small cubes
- 7 oz./200 grams leeks in small chunks
- 35 oz./1 liter vegetable broth
- 11 oz./300 ml milk
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (rapeseed oil or olive oil)
- some nutmeg, freshly grinded
- some parsley, hacked
- salt, pepper
- Heat oil in a large saucepan.
- Add leeks and fry for two minutes.
- Add parsley root chunks and potato cubes and let it steam for another minute.
- Pour vegetable broth into the saucepan and let it come to a boil.
- Reduce heat to simmer.
- Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in milk and blend with a hand mixer.
- Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper.
- Let it simmer again at low heat for three minutes (but do not boil).
- Garnish with some parsley.
Health benefits of parsley roots
Parsley root’s countless nutrients persuaded in the middle age even Charlemagne (King of the Franks) to force their cultivation by decree. Besides of vitamin B, protein, calcium and iron, those winter roots also contain a huge portion of vitamin C: With one serving of parsley root (200 grams) you can cover most of your daily vitamin C demand. Its intense tangy flavor derives from etheric oils that make this root vegetable especially easy to digest.
How to pimp up your parsley root soup for guests
With just a few ingredients, this parsley root soup is for us a typical winter staple on Saturdays. Do you want to surprise your guest with an eye-catching culinary delight? Pimp up the recipe with some stripes of smoked salmon that you add to the soup when it is cooked.
Other yummy parsley root recipes
I’m sure that I could convince you that parsley roots can be a wonderful addition to cream soups. For variation I love to add them also to clear vegetable soups for weight management like my beloved cabbage soup.
Another great recipe idea is to serve honey glazed parsley roots with game or poultry. Or how about a delicious puree? The next time when you make mashed potatoes just replace a part of the potatoes with parsley roots for an ingenious “mashed potatoes with parsley roots” variation.
Parsley root storage tip
Wrap parsley roots in a mold towel and store it in your pantry or crisp drawer of your fridge for up to one week.
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