Curried Parsnip Soup with Crispy Shallots & Crème Fraîche

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Serves2 people
Vegetarians Gluten-free diets
Curried Parsnip Soup with Crispy Shallots & Crème Fraîche

Roasting parsnips enhances their earthy sweetness, and saves you a lot of standing-up time at the hob, too. A pinch of warming spices heats things up, while crispy fried shallots and creamy crème fraîche provide the perfect finish touches.


  • 700g parsnips
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 shallots
  • 200g crème fraîche
  • 2 tsp vegetable curry powder
  • A handful of coriander

Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 40 mins

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1. Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Pop a roasting tin in the oven to warm up. Trim and peel the parsnips. Chop them into equal-sized chunks. Peel and quarter the onion. Pour ½ tbsp olive oil into the hot tin and add the parsnips and onion. Drop in the garlic cloves. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Slide into the oven to roast for 20 mins.
2. While the parsnips roast, peel the shallots and slice them as thinly as possible. Place a frying pan on a medium heat. Pour in 2 tbsp olive oil. Add the shallots with a good pinch of salt and fry, stirring, for 8-10 mins till golden and crisp. Lift them out onto some kitchen paper to drain. Finely chop the coriander stalks and roughly chop the leaves, keeping them separate.
3. After 20 mins, pluck the garlic cloves from the roasting tin and set aside. Sprinkle 2 tsp curry powder over the parsnips and toss. Slide back into the oven for 10 mins.
4. Fill and boil your kettle. Remove the parsnips from the oven. Pour in 850ml hot water from the kettle. Place the roasting tin on a medium heat on the hob and bring to a bubble. Simmer for 5 mins. Alternatively, transfer the parsnips to a pan before you add the water. Squeeze the roasted garlic flesh from the skins and add it to the soup.
5. Using a hand blender, blend the soup till smooth. Add half the crème fraîche and the coriander stalks. Blend again. Taste and season, as needed.
6. Ladle the soup into warm bowls. Add a dollop of crème fraîche to eachbowl and top with the crispy shallots and coriander leaves to serve.
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