Hmmm apples and parsnips - I love the sound of this one. The kids aren't usually keen on soup but I think they might be tempted to eat this one.
Sweet parsnip and tart cooking apples form the perfect partnership for a tasty soup fit for bracing winter temperatures.With only 10 minutes preparation time, this warming soup also offers a low calorie option or a creamy comparison dependent on the mood.
Loseley Summer Meadow Butter 50g (2oz)
Dessert Apple 1, cored, peeled and sliced
Parsnips 680g (1½ lb), peeled and sliced
Bramley cooking apple 1, cored, peeled and sliced
Vegetable stock 1¼ litres (2 pints)
Sage leaves 4, plus extra to garnish
Whole cloves 2
Single cream 150ml (¼ pint)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Melt the half butter in a large saucepan and add the dessert apple slices. Sauté until lightly browned, remove and set aside. Melt the remaining Loseley Summer Meadow Butter and add the parsnips and cooking apple. Cover and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Pour the stock into the saucepan and add the sage and cloves. Bring to the boil, cover and then simmer for 30 minutes, until the parsnip is softened.
3. Remove the sage leaves and cloves, then puree in a blender or food processor. Return to the saucepan and reheat gently with the cream. Season to taste. Serve hot, garnished with the sage leaves and apple slices and serve with granary bread.
10 minutes preparation time
40 minutes cooking time
172 Kcal per portion
10g fat per portion of which
5.2g is saturated
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians
If you prefer, use ½ tsp of dried sage when cooking the parsnips. For a lower fat version, simply omit the cream – the soup still tastes really good.
Loseley Summer Meadow Butter is packed in a 250g tub and costs £1.29p.
Loseley Chilled Foods are available from the chilled cabinet of local independent grocers, Morrisons and Waitrose. Visit http://www.loseley.com/ for more information.
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