Parsnip, Apple and Leek Soup

A deliciously warming soup perfect as a Thanksgiving starter

Serves 8


  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 leeks, white parts only, sliced
  • 4 parsnips or turnips, peeled, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 3½ cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 large yellow potatoes, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 Gala apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ cup 10% cream

  • Garnish
  • 1 parsnip or small turnip, peeled and thinly sliced into ribbons
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil


  1. Melt butter in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add leeks and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsnips and cook 5 more minutes. Add broth, water, potatoes, apples, parsley and thyme. Boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400° F. Toss parsnip ribbons with oil. Arrange on a large baking sheet. Bake until golden and crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. (If using turnip, add 2 to 4 more minutes.)
  3. Purée soup in batches in a blender. Return soup to pot. Stir in cream. Season with pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish with parsnip chips.

  4. There are 35 harvest recipes, including one for a gorgeous, casual Thanksgiving spread, in the October issue of Chatelaine.