Fennel Carrot Apple Parsnip Soup

Fennel Carrot Parsnip Soup

Does the popcorn garnish confuse you? It’s okay just read on and I’ll explain it later.

Yup we are steadily moving headlong into Fall. It’s obvious when you wake up and the skies are still darkened, you can see your breath, and the sun hangs low in my rear-view mirror on my way to work and on my way home from work. Pretty soon it’ll be dark on my way to and from work.

It’s obvious that my favorite time of year is Summer so I am slightly sad to see it go. But I do love Fall. There’s a beauty that is unmatched. The leaves are changing. The pumpkins are ripening. The apples are ready to be picked.

Off my neighbor’s tree.

They’re away and asked me to pick up their mail and help myself to the apples. There are two different types of apples. One is a crab apple tree and the other is ‘regular apples’. I don’t really know what variety of apple they are though. They are tart. The crab apples are actually sweeter than the larger apples. I put both into this soup. Don’t worry about peeling these apples either. The skins are probably good for us anyway, right?

roasted root vegetables

roasted root vegetables

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Fennel Carrot Apple Parsnip Soup
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Big bold fall flavors are enhanced by roasting the vegetables before turning them into a thick and hearty soup.
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 8
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into large chunks
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 6 parsnips, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 4 crab apples, halved and cored
  • 2 tart apples (such as Granny Smith), quartered and cored
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 3 ribs celery with leaves, chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place fennel, carrots, parsnips and both kinds of apples on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until the vegetables soften and are nicely caramelized. Do not let any of the vegetables get overly dark or blackened.
  5. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  6. Add onion, garlic, ginger and celery. Saute for 3-5 minutes until the onion and celery begin to soften.
  7. Add in the roasted vegetables.
  8. Top up with vegetable stock and add bay leaves and dried thyme.
  9. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before blending.
  11. Blend in batches to get a nice smooth consistency.
  12. Return the blended soup to the pot and reheat. If necessary, thin out with additional water or vegetable stock, to get the right consistency you prefer.
  13. Taste and adjust for seasoning.

 parsnip apple soup with popcorn

 Okay, as promised, the background story behind the popcorn and soup thing. I don’t remember where I first tried it or who first introduced it to me. But what I do know is this: it’s tasty. There’s the story. It’s like crackers but not. I love my popcorn. I sprinkle nutritional yeast on it. I’m very content to eat soup with popcorn for dinner a lot of nights.


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16 Responses to “Fennel Carrot Apple Parsnip Soup”

  1. Quentin Karmark
    September 24, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    I bet this is really delicious, but for some reason I was always turned off by parsnips’ taste: I guess I’ll have to take your word for it!

    • Megan
      September 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

      Parsnips do have a distinct taste. I find roasting all the veggies and fruit helps sweeten everything up. I bet you wouldn’t even know there were parsnips in this soup if you tried it. ;-)

  2. September 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    This soup looks delicious. It’s the perfect mix of fall flavours that I’ve been missing since last year (although I too am sad about the end of summer) and it also looks like a healthy, immune-boosting meal that will work wonders for my current cold. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Megan
      September 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      It was a really great belly-warming soup that got me through feeling blah last week. I hope you feel better soon Melanie! :)

  3. Robyn
    September 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Absolutely can’t wait to try this one…yum…p.s…thx

    • Megan
      September 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      I really hope you enjoy it Robyn. And P.S. … you’re welcome. ;-)

  4. September 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Love the idea of popcorn as a soup garnish! I MUST try it!

    • Megan
      September 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

      Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks … and on soup it’s amazing! Enjoy!!

  5. September 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Looks incredible – like autumn in a bowl! I’m off to buy some parsnips and fennel :).

    • September 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      Thanks Lynn! Hope you and your family enjoy it. :)

  6. Robyn
    October 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Just as I assumed,,fantastic…I don’t do a lot of cooked meals,,,but when I do <3 …love roasted vegies and really love parsnip…so good,,,thx

    • October 6, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

      You’re welcome! So glad you liked it Robyn. I’m a big fan of roasting veggies too.

  7. Derek Berry
    February 24, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    I made the soup, and I have to say it has a great taste. A nice combination of ingredients that I would not have not normally put together.


    • February 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      Glad to hear it Derek!

  8. keaton wyatt
    February 11, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    How many ounces does this recipe make? Im doing a project for culinary school and need fo make a quart (32oz).

    • February 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

      Hi Keaton,

      This recipe serves about 6-8 people at about 1 cup serving each. I would say you’re going to get about 2 quarts out of this recipe – more than enough for your class project. Enjoy!

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