Mild Curried Parsnip Soup

One of my children is completely anti spice but is a lover of parsnips, so in an attempt to inject a little more spice into our lives and introduce him to more exotic flavours I came up with this mild curry parsnip soup.

I had it ready and waiting for them to come home to after rugby training and it was lapped up, with the bread used to mop up and clean the bowls.  For the adults, if you like some more spice just sprinkle on some dry chilli flakes before serving to give it a bit of a kick.

Serves – 2 adults as a main,  a family of 4 as a starter, or 4 children as a main

Preparation time – 10 minutes

Cooking time – 25 minutes

Little helpers – Competent little chefs can use a peeler to peel the parsnips and potatoes with supervision

Parsnip Soup Ingredients

1 onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 medium potato (I used Maris Piper) chopped
5 Parsnips (approx 500g) chopped
knob of butter
1 tbsp mild curry powder
350 ml vegetable or chicken stock
1 400ml can of light coconut milk


Method for Parsnip Soup

Over a medium heat melt the butter in a large pan, then add the onions and fry for approx 3 minutes.  Then add the garlic and fry for a further 2 minutes.  Add the curry powder and stir in, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to release all the flavours.

Then add the parsnips and potato, along with the stock and can of coconut milk.  Stir it all together, it should be a nice light yellow.  Bring to the boil and then simmer covered for 20 – 25 minutes until the vegetables are soft.  Check in while its simmering and give it an occasional stir.

Then take off the heat and use a hand blender to blend thoroughly to remove all lumps.  If it is too think add more water to desired consistency.

Season to taste and for the adults (or adventurous kids) sprinkle with chilli flakes.  Serve with bread.



  1. November 22, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Wow this looks incredible, I’ll be trying to make it for sure.

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks for commenting – let me know how it goes 🙂

  2. November 22, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I love parsnips but can only get them frozen here, would that work do you think?

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:05 pm

      Hi thanks for commenting. If using frozen parsnips I would cook them in the oven first as per packet instructions and then add them. This will give it a nice roasted parsnip flavour. You could also swap parsnips for celeriac if that is easier to come by 🙂

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      You can add more curry powder if you want to enhance the curry flavour – enjoy!

  3. November 22, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    This is what my soul needs right now ! A heart warming soup ! Love it

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:13 am

      Thanks for your comment- let me know whether you like it ?

  4. November 23, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    I adore anything with a curry flavor so will definitely be giving these a shot.

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      You can add more curry powder if you want it even more curried. Hope you enjoy!

  5. November 23, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    This sounds amazing. I like parsnips roasted but haven’t tried them in a soup. I will now! YUM!

  6. November 23, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    I really enjoy parsnip and love the health benefits. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I have never tried parsnips curried so looking forward to trying it out.

    • December 2, 2016 / 4:15 pm

      Thanks for your comment – it would make a nice and easy Christmas starter 🙂

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