Carrot Parsnip Soup

To be honest, I was a little hesitant to share this soup with you. I mean, really….carrot and parsnip soup? Does that even sound appealing?  And has anyone out there ever even eaten a parsnip?  But in the end I realized I just couldn’t keep this recipe from you because, as it turns out, I loved this soup. Absolutely loved it.

And yes, I realize it looks exactly like the butternut squash soup I shared a few weeks ago. I struggled taking these pictures because I had used up all my good ideas already. But I didn’t let that deter me, because I knew that I had to get the word out about this soup. This warm, creamy, delicious soup.

The ingredients for this soup include carrots, parsnips, onions, chicken broth….and nothing else. I have to admit, I had my reservations while making this. Especially when I tasted a parsnip (for the very first time ever) and didn’t really like it. I thought oh my goodness, am I wasting all of my freshly made chicken broth? And yet I persevered, and I was rewarded with a wonderfully delicious pot of soup. For those who have never seen a parsnip before and have no idea what it is (this was me), it’s a root vegetable that’s kind of like a white carrot. It’s also similar to a potato, and ends up giving the soup a smooth and creamy quality. The carrots add a hint of sweetness, and it all comes together into a warm and inviting pot of soup that I somehow managed to eat for 4 days straight.

Suffice it to say Mike did not like this soup. His response: “Please don’t make me eat anything else made with vegetables I’ve never heard of.” Perfect – I had no problem finishing it off 🙂

Carrot and Parsnip Soup

Yield: Serves 6


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/4 lb parsnips, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes. Increase the heat to high, add the parsnips, carrots, stock and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Using a blender and working in batches, puree the soup on high speed until smooth, 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Return the soup to the pot and reheat to serving temperature. Season with salt and pepper.

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  1. I actually really like parsnips roasted! They are tasty. And this soup sounds delicious to. Soup is a perfect way for me to fit in the veggies!

  2. This looks wonderful! I've never cooked with a parsnip either…there's a first time for everything though. I love how simple the recipe is, too–few ingredients, but certainly big on flavor!

  3. I am actually a HUGE fan of parsnips, so I am glad you posted this recipe!! What I did notice though is parsnips NEVER go on sale..have you noticed that in your area too!?

  4. i also love parsnips, but usually just roast them! this recipe looks like a great alternative use.

  5. I love the sounds of this soup!!! I love roasted parsnips but have never made them in a soup. Really lovely!

  6. The soup looks lovely, Megan! I bet it tasted wonderful too! Creamy and warm… yum!!!

  7. GA-orgeous. Beautiful. I dont even like parsnips, but I want to try this!!


  8. this soup sounds amazing!!! how unique. i love simple flavors together.

  9. Great soup recipe!

  10. This soup looks amazing! I actually like parsnips (weird I know), so I'll def have to try this recipe out. I love how there are minimal ingredients as well. 🙂

  11. I adore parsnips, rutabaga and turnips. As a matter of fact you have inspired me to add some parsnip to a potato hash-like thing I'm going to make tonight. Thanks.

  12. I haven't yet worked with parsnips, but it's on my list! Also, I totally share your love of soup! I can't get enough, so keep the recipes coming!

  13. This sounds delicious! Perfect for a Thanksgiving appetizer.

  14. Yummy. That looks delicious – perfect for a chilly fall day! Thanks for sharing!

  15. This soup could not look more perfect! I wish I was enjoying a bowl of this for dinner right now.

  16. I will make this tomorrow for my lunch – we had oven roasted carrots & parsnips tonight, both are delicious. It did take me many years to learn to enjoy parsnips though. (I don't like swede or turnips though).

  17. I've never tried parsnips but I take your word that this is delicious! I bookmarked and can't wait to make!!

  18. I'd totally eat this soup! As far as I'm concerned, parsnips were made to be put in soups…like leeks!

  19. I've never been a huge parsnip fan, but paired with carrots in your soup might tempt me!

  20. My favorite veggies in a soup, yum. Carrots and parsnips are the perfect veg in my house, love them both. Can't wait to see if I can make your soup.

  21. this looks just lovely megan. thank you for sharing this.

  22. I think I like parsnips but I'm not absolutely sure that I've had them before. But I'm quite a fan of carrot soup so I'll try it out!

  23. I love parsnips! I have never added then to carrot soup before, but this looks awesome!

  24. Great post! well done on the top 9 too! 🙂

  25. it looks sooooo tasty!
    I love its texture!!! excellent work! let's eat it!!! 😛 😀

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  27. Your Carrot Parsnip Soup looks so delicious, warm, & cozy! It really caught my eye on this November day… 🙂

  28. Congrats on being in the top 9 over at food buzz! Way to go!

  29. Carrot and parsnip soup, wow. Sounds so delicious! I make a lot of soup, I live in Sweden and right now it is damn could soup food that keeps you warm kind of saves the day.

  30. Great recipe, and beautiful pictures. I make a similar soup, but I roast all the veggies instead of sauteing them. I love the aromas it creates in my house, and I think it brings out the sweetness of those root vegetables.

  31. Great recipe, and beautiful pictures. I make a similar soup, but I roast all the veggies instead of sauteing them. I love the aromas it creates in my house, and I think it brings out the sweetness of those root vegetables.

  32. I've definitely never had a parsnip before! Same goes for turnips. That said, I'm sure I'd love this!

  33. Looks like a lovely, healthy soup 🙂

  34. Love this soup! making another batch to freeze!!

  35. Anonymous – I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping back to let me know! 🙂

  36. just made my second batch of this soup. Love the flavor!

  37. Anonymous – Thanks for the comment, I'm glad you like it! 🙂

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