Recipe: Lemon Parsnip Soup

November 15, 2011 in Life

The Little Beauty Blog is not just about beauty and fashion, it’s about living life beautifully. This includes food, because really what could make you happier than a great meal, a glass of wine and good company?

I wanted to kick off the recipes series with a nice, simple and delicious dish that would put a smile on anyone’s face on a brisk fall day. Courtesy of Fresh City Farms, an amazing urban farm in Toronto, we are able to share with you a soup that many in the office have called “happiness in a bowl.” The recipe below is for Lemon Parsnip Soup.


  • 1 tbsp  (15 mL) butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp  (30 mL) chopped fresh tarragon or thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp  (5 mL) finely grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp  (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp  (2 mL) pepper
  • 6 cups  (1.5 L) peeled, chopped parsnips
  • 10 cups  (2.5 L) chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp  (15 mL) lemon juice
  • tarragon or thyme sprigs
  • lemon slice


  1. Heat butter in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onion, thyme, lemon peel, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Add the parsnips; cover and reduce heat to medium-low.
  2. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until parsnips become tender. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, for 20 to 25 minutes or until parsnips are very soft. Transfer parsnip mixture to a blender or food processor in batches.
  3. Purée until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and bring to a boil. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve in soup cups garnished with thyme and lemon.

Makes 8 servings.

Try it out and let us know what you think below!