Parsnip Soup

Looking for an easy, comforting meal? This tasty soup only requires a few ingredients that creates a nourishing bowl of goodness.


  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped or 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups parsnips (chopped, about 1 pound)
  • 1 cup potato (peeled and cubed)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon margarine (unsalted, or butter)
  • 1 teaspoon ranch or Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the parsnips, potato, broth, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes or until the parsnips and potatoes are soft. 
  5. Stir in the margarine or butter and let the soup sit uncovered for 5 minutes.
  6. Puree the soup in batches in a blender, using the manufacturer’s directions for pureeing hot liquids.
  7. Return soup to the pot. 
  8. Heat the soup before serving, stirring in water if it seems too thick.

Makes 6 servings

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