Roasted Parsnip Soup

The earthy flavor of parsnips goes especially well with fragrant pears, but carrots or even rutabaga work nicely in this soup as well. Serve it as a first course or as a light main dish with a crusty whole-grain bread.

Recipe from EatingWell
Ingredients
  • 2   pounds parsnips, peeled and woody core removed (see Tip)
  • 2   pears, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 1   small yellow or white onion, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 1   tablespoon canola oil
  • 1   teaspoon salt , divided
  • 1/4  teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1   cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/4  cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • 2 1/4  cups low-fat milk
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Directions
1. 
Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F.
2. 
Toss parsnips, pears, onion, oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper in a roasting pan. Roast, stirring every 10 minutes, until very soft and starting to brown, about 40 minutes.
3. 
Meanwhile, boil vinegar in a small saucepan until syrupy and reduced to about 1/4 cup, 10 to 14 minutes. (Watch the syrup carefully during the last few minutes of reducing to prevent burning.) Remove from the heat.
4. 
Puree half of the parsnip mixture with broth in a blender until very smooth; transfer to a large saucepan. Puree the other half with milk until very smooth. Add to the saucepan and stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Reheat the soup over medium heat, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Gently reheat the balsamic syrup if it has become thicker than syrup while standing. Ladle the soup into bowls and drizzle with the balsamic syrup.
Tip:
1. 
Remove the fibrous, woody core of parsnips before using: quarter parsnip lengthwise and cut out the core with a paring knife.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 250, Fat, total (g) 4, chol. (mg) 8, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 49, Monosaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 9, pro. (g) 7, vit. C (mg) 29.52, sodium (mg) 515, Potassium (mg) 687, calcium (mg) 191.84, Milk () 0.5, Fruit () 0.5, Starch () 2, Fat () 0.5, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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