March 21, 2011

Parsley Root Soup

When I moved to Switzerland, I did not cook during the first years, because I simply had no idea how to do. After a while I have had enough of the junk I ate, so I asked my mom for recipes. As first I wanted to cook a simple meat soup, but I needed parsley root. It seemed that it is nowhere available. I have explained to many people that it looks like a carrot, but it is white, but nobody seemed to knew what I was talking about. One day, during a trip to Germany, I have finally found a bunch of parsley root, I could hardly believe my eyes. Nowdays, I get parsley root from my greengrocer who always have it during the winter time. Some years ago even one Swiss supermarket chain sold parsley root, but I guess meanwhile it has disappeared. As long as we still have to wait for the first local spring vegetables, I prepared a "say goodbye to winter" parsley root soup served with fresh parsley oil, boiled quil egg and roasted hazelnut.


500 g parsley root
1 medium potato
700 ml vegetable or chicken stock
1 teaspoon butter
1 onion
1 small garlic clove
70 ml milk
1 tablespoon butter
salt, pepper

Melt butter and sautee chopped onion and garlic, add sliced parsley root and potato. Pour stock over on the vegetables and cook for 15-20 minutes. Puree together with the butter and the milk, season with salt and pepper.


Anonymous said...

it is hard to find parsley root here in Canada

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a smooth and flavorful soup!



Anonymous said...

Auf dem Markt findet man sie schon, Aber bei Coop&Migi sucht man vergeblich. Dabei ist so eine Suppe etwas soo gutes.

German said...

Parsley root its the same that parsnips in england ?

chriesi said...

@basiaP: You can use parsnip instead, though that special parsley root taste will be missing.

@Rosa: Thank you!

@lamiacucina: Ja zum guete Glück! :)

@German: No! Parsley root is a type of parsley that is grown as a root vegetable. It also tastes more charismatic than parsnip. Though parsnip soup is also yummy.

Anonymous said...

I would have guessed those were parsnip too. Never heard of or seen this parsley root that you speak of. Can you eat it like you would eat a parsnip? Or is too aromatic?

chriesi said...

Parsley root is pretty common in Eastern and also in some parts of Western Europe. You can certainly eat it as parsnip, it makes a delicious puree or gives a great taste to chicken or beef stock, but it is also great in vegetable soups.

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