Carrot-Parsnip Soup with Parsnip Chips

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped parsnip (about 1 pound)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups coarsely chopped carrot (about 1 pound)
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup parsnip, cut into 1/8 inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add chopped parsnip, water, carrot and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 50 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Place half of carrot mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed carrot mixture in a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining carrot mixture. Stir in salt and pepper. Add more water or broth if you want thinner consistency.
  3. Heat remaining 5 teaspoons oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add parsnip slices; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle parsnip chips and chives over soup.

Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition information per serving (serving size: 1 1/3 cups soup, about 2 teaspoons parsnip chips and 1/2 teaspoon chives): calories: 159 (28 percent from fat); fat: 4.9 grams (saturated 0.7 grams, monounsaturated 3.4 grams, polyunsaturated 0.6 grams); iron: 0.8 milligrams; cholesterol 0 milligrams; calcium: 61 milligrams; carbohydrate: 26.4 grams; sodium: 388 milligrams; protein: 3.7 grams; fiber: 6.4 grams.

Source: Well’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2010 (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11/08/health/20101108_thanksgiving.html#Carrot-Parsnip_Soup_With_Parsnip_Chips)

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