Fall

Creamy Turnip & Apple Soup with Balsamic Browned Butter

December  2, 2017
Photo by Karen Barnaby
Author Notes

The leeks give a lovely silky texture to this soup and the apples a hint of fruity sweetness. Puree well for the best texture. —Karen Barnaby

  • Serves 6-8
Ingredients
  • For the soup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups thinly sliced and washed leeks, white and light green parts
  • 3 pounds urnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes, roughly 8 cups
  • 2 large, sweet tart apples such as Fuji, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth, plus more if needed
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • For the balsamic browned butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. In a large soup pot, melt the butter over low heat, add the leeks and cook, stirring frequently until soft but not browned. Add the turnips, apples, broth, salt and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and cook for 20-30 minutes until the turnips are very tender.
  2. In batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth, thinning with more broth or water if you think it’s too thick. Taste, and season with salt and pepper. (At this point, the soup can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for longer storage.)
  3. Return to the pot and bring to a simmer. For the balsamic brown butter, melt the butter in a small pot over low heat until browned and nutty. Remove from the heat and swirl in the balsamic vinegar. Ladle the soup into bowls and drizzle with the balsamic butter.

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