Apple and parsnip soup

Apple and parnsip soup in white bowls with two green apples in the background and fresh herbs in the foreground.

Apple and parsnip soup

This soup is sweet and creamy, and one of the best ways to use parsnips in my humble opinion. Make apple and parsnip soup from scratch in 30 minutes with this healthy, low calorie recipe.

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Raw parsnips, green apples, onion and garlic laid on a table.

Ingredients for apple and parsnip soup

Apples: Apples are great, and the main event in this recipe. I prefer using green apples. Bramley apples are my favorite in this recipe, but Granny Smith or any other green apples are great too.

Parsnips: This underutilized vegetable has a sweet, hearty flavor that really shows its best side in a soup. They are best when in season, which is during late autumn and winter.

Onion and garlic: This magic combo brings a debth of flavor to any soup. The yellow onion can be substituted with shallots for a milder taste.

Double cream: Cream gives this dish the perfect texture. At just 25 ml per portion, we only need a little to make a large impact. Use a vegan version to reduce the calories and make the dish dairy free.

Nutmeg: You only need a tiny bit of nutmeg to bring big flavor. Nutmeg is amazing in hearty, creamy dishes, and a staple in creamy autumn soups.

Sage: Dried sage compliments the flavors of parsnip and apple so well. Perfect combination!

Mint: A little dried mint does not make the soup taste minty, but gives the dish a nice little kick. I used to make this recipe without the mint for a long time, and it does taste nice even if the mint is omitted, but I highly recommend adding it as it just gives it that little extra something.

Diced parsnips and apples in a white bowl sat on a table.

How to make apple and parsnip soup

Peel the apples, remove the cores and dice into similar sizes. Peel the parsnips and dice them into slightly smaller pieces than the apples. Then, finely dice the onion and garlic, and measure up or prepare your other ingredients.

Heat some oil, butter or one calorie cooking spray in a large pot with a lid. Add the onion, and saute until translucent and soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute. Then, add the nutmeg, sage, mint, parsnips and apples. Stir to cover the vegetables in the herbs. Saute for 3-4 minutes to allow the flavors to blend together.

Add 700 ml of vegetable stock, or 700 ml water and two stock cubes. To speed up the cooking process, you can use boiling water from a kettle. Stir to combine in the pot, then place the lid and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes. To check if the vegetables are cooked, put a fork through a piece of parsnip. The fork should go through it with little resistance. If necessary, cover and cook for a few more minutes.

When the vegetables have softened enough, remove the pot from the heat, and use a hand blender to blend the soup smooth. Add the double cream, and some salt and pepper to taste.

How to step by step infographic on how to make apple and parsnip soup.

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Bowls of apple and parsnip soup, with green apples in the foreground and fresh herbs in the background.

Tips for a great soup

  • The cream is important for a creamy flavor, and you definitely don’t want to omit it. You can replace it with vegan cream or creme fraiche if you want to lower the calories.
  • This recipe is slimming world and weight watcher friendly, and also fit many other diets.
  • Don’t omit the herbs! They bring so much flavor to the dish. If you want, you can try to substitute the sage and mint for other herbs, but you will be disappointed if you make the dish without herbs.
  • I would not recommend freezing the soup, as the cream can split. If you want to make the soup ahead as a freezer meal, you can follow the recipe but omit the cream, and freeze for up to 3 months. Add the cream when you thaw and reheat the soup. You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

Apple and parsnip soup

Delicious and healthy, creamy apple and parsnip soup is the perfect started for your holiday meal, or a delicious weeknight dinner on cold evenings.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
5 from 3 votes
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: International
Keyword: apples, cream, parsnip, sage
Servings: 4
Calories: 294kcal
Cost: Cheap

Ingredients

  • 500 g apples
  • 500 g parsnips
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp mint
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 700 ml water
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 100 ml double cream

Instructions

  • Peel the parsnip and apples, and remove the apple cores. Dice the apples and parsnips.
  • Finely dice the onion, and mince the garlic.
  • Heat up some cooking spray, butter or oil in a pot, and saute the onion until translucent and soft, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute.
  • Add mint, nutmeg, sage, parsley and apples. Saute for 3-4 minutes while stirring, then add water and stock cubes.
  • Cover with a lid, and leave to boil until the vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, and blend the soup smooth with a hand blender. Add the cream, and salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

  • The cream is important for a creamy flavor, and you definitely don't want to omit it. You can replace it with vegan cream or creme fraiche if you want to lower the calories.
  • This recipe is slimming world and weight watcher friendly, and also fit many other diets.
  • Don't omit the herbs! They bring so much flavor to the dish. If you want, you can try to substitute the sage and mint for other herbs, but you will be disappointed if you make the dish without herbs.
  • I would not recommend freezing the soup, as the cream can split. If you want to make the soup ahead as a freezer meal, you can follow the recipe but omit the cream, and freeze for up to 3 months. Add the cream when you thaw and reheat the soup. You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
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Here are some other interesting soups with apples

Try roasted apple and white cheddar soupย or butternut squash and apple soup if you want to check out more creamy soups with apples. They are absolutely delicious, especially during autumn when apples are in season.

Apple and parsnip soup pinterest image.

8 Comments
  • Danielle
    Posted at 15:57h, 12 October Reply

    5 stars
    I love parsnips but never even thought about adding in apples! This sounds like such a delicious soup for fall!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 16:23h, 12 October Reply

      The apples match the parsnips perfectly. One of my current favorites ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kate
    Posted at 16:02h, 12 October Reply

    Perfect timing! I was just looking for a recipe like this, can’t wait to try it!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 16:22h, 12 October Reply

      That’s excellent! Hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mary
    Posted at 16:09h, 12 October Reply

    5 stars
    What a bowl of comfort!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 16:22h, 12 October Reply

      Thank you! Glad you like it.

  • Beth
    Posted at 16:37h, 12 October Reply

    5 stars
    Sweet & creamy soup is my most favorite food group! This looks amazing!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 17:24h, 12 October Reply

      Thank you! I absolutely love it!

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