Serves: Makes 4 servings
- 4 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 large shallot, minced
- 1 leek (white part only), halved lengthwise, washed and dried, cut into ¼ inch pieces
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 large (¾-pound) Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 parsnips (about ½-pound), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 2-inch pieces
- 5 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups apple juice
- 1 cup whole milk
- ½ cup flat leaf parsley
- Kosher salt and freshly black pepper
Procedures:Parsnips and turnips were used extensively in rural Ireland to give variety to meals in the winter when green vegetables were in little supply. Surprisingly, this vegetarian soup is a wonderful balance of sweet apple flavors with parsnip overtones. I prefer to use Granny Smith apples, as they have a little more acidic flavor, which rounds out the richness of this soup. Serve soup on its own, or with a slice of Irish soda bread.
Place a large saucepan on the stove over a medium heat. Add the butter, and when melted, add shallots, leeks and garlic and using a wooden spoon to occasionally stir. Cook until leeks are tender, about 7 minutes.
Add the potato, parsnips and apples and cook until just potatoes are starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
Add the broth and apple juice; reduce stove temperature to a simmer. Cover the saucepan and cook until the vegetables are very soft, about 30 minutes.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the parsley and using a blender, or an immersion blender, thoroughly purée the mixture.
Return the saucepan to the stove over a medium-low heat and stir in the milk. Heat the soup, stirring occasionally, until the soup is heated through and boils. Taste and season with salt and pepper.