How to hide swede and parsnip in a soup

I got some potatoes from the garden and I wanted to make a potage soup with other winter vegetables: onions, carrots and celery, coriander (before it dies completely!), and then some not so popular vegetables: swede and parsnip. Once again my husband reacted like for the brussels sprouts: it seems like swede and parsnip have a bad reputation too! Not my favourite veggies either, I would not bother growing them since I am happy to have them just once a year.

After chopping all the veggies I felt that they didn't look bad: at least there was colour there! But not for long. After cooking everything with some vegetable stock, and blending it into a creamy soup, I had a strange yellow colour.

But the soup was good (I think that the coriander really works here)! The kids tried to guess: pumpkin? No. Kumara? No. I realized that they didn't remember what swedes and parsnips were! I think that the last time we had them (in a soup, as always) it was about 2 years ago!! And my husband? He liked the soup and said that it did not particularly taste of swede or parsnip anyway, and this, apparently, was a good thing :-).

Do you eat swedes and parsnip?

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

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  1. I have never tried swede and parnship but your soup is realy inviting!Da provare sicuramente!Un bacio!

  2. Looks delicious n yummy..soo tempting..

  3. ciao! grazie mille per aver partecipato ^_^
    ti ricordiamo solo di inserire il link a "il posto delle fragole", il contest è organizzato con loro.
    p.s. si può partecipare con 2 ricette, se ti va aspettiamo la prossima :)
    a presto

  4. Ok, scusate, non avevo visto che c'era un'altro link, provvedo subito :-)

  5. That is one hearty bowl of soup ~ love the idea! :)
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