Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup

A seasonal bowl of Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup

Soup | January 9, 2010 | By

Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup is a great way to use seasonal ingredients to make a delicious, warming meal, add some crusty bread and it will keep you going for hours.  As the snow is still on the ground here on the farm and it has been as cold as -17C here recently, soup is definitely the order of the day! 

Roughly chop the onions for the Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup

Roughly chop the onions for the Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup

Chop the Apple, Celery and Parsnips for the Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup

Peel and chop the parsnips, celery and the apple.  I didn’t peel the apple as the peel gets blended into the soup.  If you have particularly clean parsnips then just wash and you don’t need to peel. 

Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe

Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup
Serves 6
Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup is gloriously warming but the spices don't overpower the sweetness of the parsnips and apple.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 800 g parsnips, peeled and chopped
  2. 2 onions
  3. 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  4. 2 eating apples, peeled and chopped
  5. 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  6. 2 stalks of celery, chopped (optional)
  7. 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  8. 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  9. 1 tsp ground cumin seeds
  10. 300 ml semi-skimmed milk (or a mix of cream and milk for a special occasion)
  11. 600 ml vegetable or chicken stock
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and gently fry the onions until soft, add the garlic and spices and cook for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add the parsnips, celery if using,Ā  and apples stirring well to cover them with the spices.
  3. Add the stock and cook until the parsnips are soft about 20-30 minutes.
  4. When slightly cooled, use a hand blender or liquidiser to liquidise the soup.
  5. Add the milk and/or cream reheat.
  6. Serve with thinly sliced apple, a sprinkling of chilli flakes and lots of crusty bread.
  1. To make the decoration as in the picture, pour a little single cream around the apples slices in the centre of the bowl, then take a teaspoon and swirl it through the circle of cream to create a pretty pattern.
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The cooked Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup before blending

Saute the vegetables with the spices, then add the stock and cook until the parsnips are soft, that will take between 20 – 30 minutes or less if you use a pressure cooker. 

Ladle the Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup into the Blender

Let the soup cool a little, then ladle it into the blender adding the milk or milk and cream.

Blend Spicy Parsnip and Apple Soup until smooth and creamy

Blend until smooth, adding more milk or stock if it seems too thick.

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Now that is JUST what you want when you get back inside from a freezing cold and snowy outside!


That sounds and looks so warm and comforting. Just what we're needing with this weather ;0)


That looks most welcoming for a cold freezing weather just now. It would be what I would love to have before stepping out into the cold or into the house from the cold outside.

Helen McGinn

Oh, you know I love my soup! This looks deelish! x


A lovely parnsip soup, I love the addition of apple.


I'm going to try this!

Jan Bennett

Oooh this soup really does look delicious! Pinned for later šŸ™‚

Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

What an interesting flavour combination! I have both apples and parsnips that need using up – will have to make it later this week šŸ˜€


This is one of my favourite soups and something my Nan used to make for us all the time. It’s so comforting and just what I need on a cold day like today.


Apple & parsnip soup is one of my favourites. And in fact, I made a massive pan of it earlier this week. Sadly, it was so good, it only lasted us two nights rather than the three I’d had planned. Have to say yours looks a lot prettier than mine.