Sunday, September 07, 2008

Curried Parsnip and Leek Soup Recipe

We like to serve this smooth, creamy, spicy parsnip and leek soup with crusty bread.

Serves 4 (makes about 4 1/3 cups soup).

We use a 20ml tablespoon and 250ml measuring cup for all of our recipes.

30g (1 1/2 tablespoons) butter
500g leeks (about 2 medium leeks)
480g parsnips (about 4 medium parsnips)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons curry powder
750ml (3 cups) vegetable or chicken stock
84ml (1/3 cup) cream (35 to 40 percent fat)
Salt, to taste

Remove and discard the roots and dark green tops of the leeks. Slice the leeks in half lengthways and rinse between the layers to remove any dirt. Finely slice leeks.

Peel parsnips and chop into about 1/2cm thick pieces.

Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium to medium-high heat. When butter is bubbling, add leek and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened (about 5 minutes). ©

Add parsnip, turmeric and curry powder and cook, stirring, for about 30-60 seconds. Add stock.

Increase heat to high and bring mixture to the boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering and simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are very soft (about 25 minutes).

Puree mixture with a stick blender until smooth. Alternatively, set soup aside to cool for about 10 minutes, and then puree in a blender in batches. When pureeing hot soup in a blender, we have the blender no more than one third full. We leave the lid plug out, cover the hole in the lid with a few paper towels or a clean tea towel, and hold the lid down while pureeing.

Stir cream into soup, and reheat or store. To reheat, stir constantly in a saucepan over low heat. Add salt to taste. Serve hot.

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This soup is simply delicious and the flavour is different to what I expected!

23/9/08 10:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I would like to try this recipe but dont like to cook with cream...could I add skim milk as an alternative? would it alter the taste drastically? Thanks

16/6/09 1:55 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

The cream can be omitted from the soup if desired. We suggest that you taste the soup after pureeing, and if you are happy with it, you could just eat the soup as is. Otherwise, you could add milk or evaporated milk to taste.

14/7/09 2:02 pm  

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