Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of carrots; cleaned, peeled, and cut into 3 inch long by half an inch wide strips
  • 1 lb. parsnips; cleaned, peeled, and cut into 3 inch long by half an inch wide strips
  • 1 green stem of green garlic; roughly chopped (or use 1 leek, thoroughly cleaned)
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper; to taste
  • Crushed red pepper; to taste
  • A dash of freshly grated nutmeg or 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • A generous drizzle of Olive oil
  • 1 tsp. red balsamic vinegar
  • 2 to 3 cups of chicken or vegetable stock/broth
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of organic cream or unsweetened, plain soy/nut milk (amount depends on personal taste)
  • Garnish: Garlic/Onion Chives, finely snipped and crushed Pink Peppercorns or fresh black pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Toss carrots, parsnips, green garlic, sea salt, fresh black pepper, crushed red pepper, and olive oil over a foil or parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Roast for about 30 minutes, until the carrots are soft. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Place all ingredients and balsamic vinegar in the bowl of a food processor to puree until smooth. Meanwhile, as the motor is running, gradually add broth/stock to smooth out the puree. The mixture will be slightly chunky, but puree smooth as much as you can.
  • Place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl. Working in batches, place puree in the strainer. Using a metal spoon, press puree against the strainer’s mesh to extract the soup. (This is a tedious process, but worth the effort. If you don’t want to strain the soup, skip this step. Add more stock in step 4 for a smoother texture).
  • Return puree soup to a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add cream/soy/nut milk. Return soup to a simmer, but don’t boil.
  • Ladle soup into individual bowls. Garnish with chives and pink or black pepper.

Enjoy with your favorite warm slice of wheat or whole-grain bread.

 

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  • Leanee Beanie

    I’m not really sure about this one, but since I like trying out new recipes, I might try this one next week.

  • omg

    what is “red” balsamic vinegar? i am familiar with white balsamic vinegar but i’ve never heard of red balsamic vinegar.

    anyway, i would omit the cream and add more stock and seasonings – otherwise this will remind me of baby food. even though green garlic is in season, i probably would save something like this for fall/winter when parsnips are more in season.

    there are so many other things right now to make that are in season this summer.

  • Deb

    What a lovely recipe and the picture has me drooling!!! Also, wanted to share my latest find: a really good pink salt from Sustainable Sourcing called HimalaSalt. They have pink and green organic peppercorns, too. Here’s their website in case any of your readers are looking for a great source for really good, natural, organic seasonings: https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com . Thanks for the recipes!