Curried Parsnip Soup Served

Curried Parsnip Soup

By Rebecca Walton, wlr team

A fabulous winter warmer, this soup doesn't take long to make and is a great way to use parsnips in season in the colder months. It's easy to adjust the heat to your liking, and will keep for up to a week, making a good lunchtime batch cook.

  • Recipe makes: 4 servings
  • Prep time:
    10 mins
  • Cook time: 30 mins
  • Calories: 309
    per serving


  • 1 Sm Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 500g Parsnip
  • 10g Butter
  • 2 Tsps Plain Flour
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 3 Tbsps Half Fat Crème Fraiche
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 500ml Water
  • ½ Tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
  • 4 Wholemeal Pitta Breads
  • 3 Tsps Garam Masala


  1. Peel, core and small dice the parsnips. Peel and finely dice the onion. Peel and crush the garlic.
  2. Heat the butter in a large heavy bottomed pan on a medium heat (you'll need one with a lid). Add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften.
  3. Add the garlic and parsnip to the pan and stir well to coat. Turn the heat down to a low setting and cook with the lid on for 10 minutes. Stir a couple of times while cooking to ensure the parsnip doesn't catch on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the garam masala, and half a tsp of chilli flakes (you can add more chilli flakes/powder later if you want to give it a bit more of a kick). Season with a little salt and pepper and stir.
  5. Make the stock up to 500ml with boiling water. Add the flour to the pan and stir to coat. Add 2/3rds of the stock to the pan, turn the heat up a little and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the parsnips are very tender.
  6. Remove from the heat and blend with a stick blender. Add the creme fraiche and blend a little more. You can add more stock in at this point if the soup is too thick.
  7. Have a taste, and add more seasoning or chilli flakes to your taste preference.
  8. Return to the hob on a low heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes until piping hot again.
  9. Serve sprinkled with a few chilli flakes and a toasted pitta for each person.
Nutrition information per serving
Calories (kcal)309
Carbohydrate (g)50.9
Fat (g)7.0
Protein (g)10.9
Fibre (g)10.0
Alcohol (g)0.0
Fruit & Veg1.9

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