Spiced Parsnip Soup 17p a serving. Serve with tomato scone or herb bread

Nov 6, 2013 | 8 comments


Spiced Parsnip Soup 17p a serving. Serve with tomato scone or herb bread


Spiced parsnip soup is mildly spicy and creamy, a lovely cold weather lunch, filling, warming and tasty. On meal plan 4, we have 2 soups during the week, this one and a green pea soup. To serve with them we have either herb bread or tomato scones. It is your choice what you have with which soup

If you’re not doing the meal plan you can suit yourself what you have with it of course 🙂

Curried Parsnip Soup

curried parsnip soup recipe

If you are following meal plan 4, there is plenty of curry powder available, so use more if you like.

Serve a quarter each for 2 meals if following meal plan 4, with either herb bread or tomato scone, your choice.

Can you eat parsnip skin?

If the skin is in good condition, and I am cooking the parsnips, then I don’t usually peel them. As with most vegetables, much of the vitamins and minerals are just below the surface of the skin, so if you can eat the skin, you will get maximum goodness.

Young parsnips have softer skin and will roast beautifully, which is just as well, as peeling tiny parsnips is a pain. Larger, older parsnips tend to have tougher skin, so may not roast as well. Although in soup, it all goes in!

Having said that Love Food, Hate Waste says  – If you are going to consume a large amount of parsnips then you should peel them. Parsnips contain a group of natural toxins called furocoumarins which can cause stomach aches if consumed in large quantities. These toxins are concentrated on the surface of the parsnip so peeling them will help reduce the toxin levels. – although I am unsure just how much ‘a large amount’ is!

Can you eat parsnip raw?

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, in his Veg Everyday book introduced me to having parsnips grated and raw. So rather than cooking parsnips, I’m having them raw sometimes. They taste mild and creamy and are really nice in a salad. Might sound a bit odd I know, try just a little bit and see what you think. They have a very sweet taste, like carrots and are high in vitamins and minerals, especially potassium.

I have also eaten raw grated swede for many years, I like it as part of a salad, it’s peppery and zingy, and great in a sandwich too with roast beef slices and horseradish.



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curried parsnip soup

Spiced Parsnip Soup

Serve with either herb bread or tomato scones.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
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Nut Free
Servings: 4
Cost per portion 17p
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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  • 100 g onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 200 g parsnips chopped, no need to peel
  • 200 g potatoes chopped, no need to peel
  • 150 ml milk
  • 2 tblsps veg oil
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder a heaped spoon


  • Sauté the onion, garlic, parsnip and potato in the oil until soft.
  • Add the curry powder and sizzle for a couple of minutes to bring out the flavour of the spices.
  • Add stock cube and a litre of water. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the milk and whizz until smooth
  • Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and more curry powder if you like.
  • Add more water if you like a thinner soup Some chopped chives or parsley would be nice on top of this, or a swirl of something creamy.


Nutrition Facts
Spiced Parsnip Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 265mg12%
Potassium 484mg14%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 61IU1%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Erica Thompson

    Just a heads up. Just come to this meal plan 4 and the link to the parsnip soup is broken.

  2. plasterers bristol

    Hmm these look delicious, thanks for posting up this recipe, looks quite simple to make.


  3. Lesley

    glad you liked it John

  4. John

    Very nice,thanks for the recipe.

  5. Lesley

    Helen, UHT is actually about the same, or maybe even more expensive at the moment with the milk price war going on.

    But even if it wasn’t, any milk at all is fine, UHT, fresh, dried, all the same in this

  6. Helen

    Hi I know obviously it is cheaper to use UHT milk but can I just use fresh milk?
    That might be a really stupid question but you never know 🙂

  7. Lesley

    Phryne, it’s just the brand name. I have just looked it up on mySupermarket to post the link, but it isn’t showing today. It was the cheapest option with the budget, no other reason. Any curry powder is fine, and of course if you want a hot one, use that.

  8. Phryne

    Lesley – just curious but what is ‘KTC’?



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