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!
6-8 depending on serving size
flavorful chicken or vegetable stock or water (preferably homemade)
medium size potatoes (I like yukon gold) peeled and quartered
carrots peeled, cleaned and chopped into large chunks)
medium turnip peeled, cleaned and cut into quarters
parsnips peeled cleaned and chopped into large chunks
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.
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.
I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember, am self taught learning as I go. I come from a large Italian family and food was at the center of almost every gathering. My grandfather made his own wine and I remember the barrels of wine in the cellar of my grandfathers home, I watched my mother and aunts making homemade pasta and remember how wonderful it was to sit down to a truly amazing dinner. Cooking for me is a way to express myself its my creative outlet. I enjoy making all types of food but especially enjoy baking,
I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I share my home with my two dogs Izzy and Nando.
I like to collect cookbooks and scour magazines and newspapers for recipes. I hope one day to organize them.