A creamy parsnip soup for your winter picnic

Whether you’re planning a lunchtime stroll or a full-blown winter picnic, this seasonal soup is ideal for popping into your thermos. It’s smooth creaminess provides a comforting antidote to the wintry chill in the air, and it will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed for the rest of your brisk winter walk.


900g parsnips
50g butter
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1.2 litres hot chicken stock
150 ml single cream
Salt and ground pepper
Olive oil for drizzling


  1. Peel the parsnips and roughly chop them. Melt the butter in a large pan over a low heat, add the onions, garlic, and parsnips, and cook until softened but not coloured.
  2. Once you can really start to smell the parsnips, add in the ground spices, and mix around. Leave for a few minutes, so that the spices can begin to release their flavours.
  3. Pour in the hot chicken stock, give it a stir, cover, and leave to simmer for 20 minutes, until the parsnips are soft.
  4. Blend the soup. If the soup is too thick for your liking, simply add some more stock or hot water. Add the cream, season, and reheat (but don’t boil).
  5. Pop it into your thermos. If serving in tin bowls, bring a little olive oil and some extra pepper to garnish.


  1. aritheamateur · January 15, 2018

    This looks amazing!

    Liked by 1 person

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