Root Vegetable Potage

By • September 21, 2011 • 28 Comments

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Author Notes: I haven't made this soup in years and when I saw this weeks contest I immediately thought of it, its hearty and warming, perfect for that crisp autumn weather or cold winter days. It makes a great starter for your meal. The soup is topped with sour cream or creme fraiche and garlic and fresh mint sauteed in olive oil.
NOTE: See step 3 for alternate method, I made this again today and roasted the carrots, parsnips and turnip. By roasting these vegetables it added another layer of flavor to the soup. Making it either way is delicious!
sdebrango

Serves 6-8 depending on serving size

  • 6 cups flavorful chicken or vegetable stock or water (preferably homemade)
  • 4 medium size potatoes (I like yukon gold) peeled and quartered
  • 4 carrots peeled, cleaned and chopped into large chunks)
  • 1 medium turnip peeled, cleaned and cut into quarters
  • 2 parsnips peeled cleaned and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • good size handful of mint chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil to cook garlic and mint
  • sour cream for topping soup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (optional)
  1. Pre heat oven to 375, lightly coat sheet pan with some olive oil, place the carrots,turnips and parsnips on the pan and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until gently caramelized approximately 20 minutes or alternatively boil all the vegetables together. Coat bottom of large pot with a little olive oil heat on med/high and add diced onions. Cook until onions are soft. Add the stock, now add the potatoes, carrots, turnip, and parsnip. Cook on med/high until vegetables are very soft. Remove from heat and puree either using your immersion blender or food processor. Add the butter and optional heavy cream. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  2. In small fry pan on medium heat add the olive oil, now add the garlic and cook until its just starting to brown, add the chopped mint and cook on low heat for a minute or two, you don't want the garlic burned but it should be crisp kind of like a garlic chip. Ladle some soup into a bowl, add a dollop of sour cream and spoon some of the garlic and mint over the sour cream.

Tags: root vegetables, soup

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over 2 years ago gingerroot

What a beautiful soup! I really love your addition of mint.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much gingerroot. The combination of the garlic and mint really make the soup tasty,

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

love the concept of the garlic chip! awesome recipe!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you panfusine, the garlic chips and mint really make this soup special. I am sure you could really spice it up beautifully.

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

the perfection in this soup is the earthy root vegetables with the mint & garlic chips darting in & out with their characteristic flavors, any more spice would take that subtle elegance away..

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much. Thats what I was going for. I do love spicing and am learning so much and much of it from your recipes. Thank you again,

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

LOL.. & I'm beginning to understand the virtue of appreciating the innate flavors of ingredients w/o the spices completely swamping my nostrils!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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:)

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over 2 years ago SKK

Divine!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much SKK.

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Delicious and beautiful, sdebrango!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much but I still can't get over your gorgeous borscht!!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Love this!!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks Pat!!

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

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This looks delicious! A perfect soup for warming you up from the inside when it's cold out! Also, I just love the word potage!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much, it is a good warmer upper. I always called it potage even though its really just soup, LOL.

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over 2 years ago wssmom

I love the addition of mint in this! It looks lovely and creamy and delish!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, the mint sauteed with the garlic is such a wonderful addition to this soup along with the sour cream. I cook the mint and garlic until they are slightly crunchy its a really nice contrast of textures with the creamy soup.

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over 2 years ago Midge

Delish!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much Midge!

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

Wow -- this is a good-looking soup. Love the garnish on top!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you, the garnish really makes this soup special.

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Fresh mint in olive oil! Oh my!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks Bevi!

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over 2 years ago Niknud

Yum Yum - butter and heavy cream and sour cream! A cook after my own heart!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Ha! three of my favorite things!!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, the soup is lovely and the garlic chips and mint and sour cream really give it a boost.

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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Oh, beautiful color, beautiful flavors.