Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup

This Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup is a wonderful fall comfort food, with apples and parsnips and lots of other healthy veggies. It's loaded with flavor!

Is it getting a bit chilly in your neck of the woods? Here in London, where we’re visitng my daughter and her family, there’s a lovely nip in the air, which always tends to put an extra spring in my step. The days are sunny and clear, with nights perfect for snuggling underneath down comforters, windows open to the cool, crisp autumn air. To me, it’s the perfect weather for soup!

My daughter has a lovely open air market just blocks from her house which sells the freshest, most delightful produce you’ve ever seen. I’ve posted several times before about this amazing market, and if you’re a regular visitor to The Café, you might remember that I tend to loose my brains when I visit this market. My heart starts skipping a beat when I get near and I always promise myself, “Now don’t buy too much.” “Control yourself, control yourself…” is my mantra as I approach, but it’s always to no avail

This Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup is a wonderful fall comfort food, with apples and parsnips and lots of other healthy veggies. It's loaded with flavor!

In the past I’ve returned home with my arms aching from lugging multiple bags loaded with asparagus, carrots, avocados, oranges, fresh herbs, apples, cherries, bananas, mushrooms, potatoes and other seasonal delights. My daughter had a surprise for me when I arrived at her house this time, a wonderful surprise, but one that doesn’t help my propensity for overindulgence at the market. She got me one of these:

Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup - is a wonderful fall comfort food, with apples and parsnips and lots of other healthy veggies. It's loaded with flavor!
I’m not sure what the proper name for this is but I call it a “schlepper”,
I like that name better than “old lady’s rolling shopping cart”, is that what you call it? 🙂


Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup - is a wonderful fall comfort food, with apples and parsnips and lots of other healthy veggies. It's loaded with flavor!
I don’t care what its proper name is, I have the feeling that this schlepper and I are going to become great friends ………..

So now I CAN go crazy at the market! Well, at least to a certain degree.  When I visited yesterday, I had to eventually stop, otherwise, I might have had to attach a little trailer behind my schlepper! I did have fun though, and this wonderful Curried Parsnip & Apple Soup is one of the recipes I will be making with some of my market “bounty”! I made this before I left for London for my son and daughter-in-law – it was delicious and received rave reviews from all who partook!

This Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup is a wonderful fall comfort food, with apples and parsnips and lots of other healthy veggies. It's loaded with flavor!

Here’s a few pic from the birth and homecoming of our newest addition! Welcome Baby Luke!

Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup - is a wonderful fall comfort food, with apples and parsnips and lots of other healthy veggies. It's loaded with flavor!
Checking out the new bro for the first time!


Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup - is a wonderful fall comfort food, with apples and parsnips and lots of other healthy veggies. It's loaded with flavor!
Do you think he could have been saying,
“Oh dear, do I really have 3 sisters?”

Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup

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  • 1 teaspoon crushed coriander seed (or coriander powder)Ingredients:
  • 1 pound fairly tart apples that soften easily when cooked, such as Empire, Jonathan, or Macintosh
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large leeks (white and light-green parts only), chopped and well rinsed (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 1½ tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic (about 2 medium cloves)
  • 2 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled, quartered lengthwise, cored, and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large yellow potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 cups lower-salt chicken broth
  • 1 can light coconut milk, 14-15 ounces
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced chives, for garnish
  • crumbled bacon, for garnish, if desired


  1. Cut 1 quarter from one of the apples.Wrap the unpeeled quarter in plastic wrap and reserve. Peel, core, and quarter the rest of the apples. Chop the peeled apples into 1/2-inch pieces and toss with the lemon juice in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-duty 4-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the leeks, onion and shallow; cook, covered, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Stir in the ginger, tomato paste, garlic, and curry powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has almost evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped apple, parsnips, and potatoes and stir to coat well. Add the chicken broth and 1-1/2 tsp. salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium low, partially cover then simmer, stirring occasionally, until the apples and vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes.
  5. In a blender, purée the soup in batches until completely smooth. Transfer the soup to a clean 4-quart saucepan, stir in the coconut milk, and season to taste with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Bring the soup to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often. Cut the reserved apple quarter into small dice. Serve the soup sprinkled with the diced apple and chives.

37 thoughts on “Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup”

  • Wow, what a beautiful family you have there. I love the cute sign with the girls faces and pink hair, that’s adorable. I bet you were in heaven in so many ways. This soup looks fabulous and so warming can’t wait to give it a try.

  • Chris, I know the soup would be delicious, but I just have to say that picture of the girls seeing their baby brother for the first time is outstanding–could be in a contest! I love the delight and amazement on their beautiful, precious faces. Enjoy every minute. Dixie

  • No fall weather here yet, it is going to be 103 today! Luke is just adorable, congrats again. Love your wheeled ‘Schlepper’, whatever makes it easier to get more goodies works for me.

  • What a beautiful family you have!
    I’d love to have a schlepper and a Farmer’s Market. I bet you could have used two of them, such nice things to get at such a great place! The soup looks lovely.

  • That soup is delightful to look at and I’m sure it is delicious. Your photos are wonderful. You really have a beautiful family. I know you are enjoying the time with them. Blessings…Mary

  • Oh my God, what a great post once again Chris, Congratulations on your new baby boy that came in the family, he is so adorable! Such a sweet gesture the poster that the girls made! Your family is beautiful!
    I have a carrier like that, I call it “my tail” haha!
    Never had parsnips before, can you believe it, I;m going to get some this fall.
    Have a nice weekend my friend!

  • you’re definately not an old fact i think you look ‘hip’ with that schlepper! always love to see photos of your granddaughters and Luke now! did i mention to you before that i like their curly hair? have a fabulous weekend with your family! bye!

  • Congratulations! Both baby Luke and your grand-daughters are adorable !! Beautiful pictures, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy the visit..The soup looks amazing, just in time for our “nippy” weather..

  • Oooo apple soup. It’s a long time I’m longing for apple soup and I think now is the perfect time. Soup season has started!

  • The look of pure love and adoration for their baby brother that they have just met is priceless, congratulations to you all. And don’t worry about the schlepper, all the best homes in England have one…
    At least yours is ‘cool’ looking…Enjoy all those beautiful Grandchildren…
    Can’t wait to try the soup, it sounds divine.

  • Oh Chris those photos are so adorable they brought tears to my eyes especially the look on the girls faces seeing Luke. Such loving big sisters!

    I love the schlepper. I call mine my grandma trolley but it’s not as pretty as yours. Maybe when I upgrade I can give it a new name.

    It’s definitely not soup weather here but this looks delicious. Love the sound of apples in there!

  • Congratulations on the precious little grandson. He and his sisters are beautiful, and I know they all bring much joy to your heart.

    The soup sounds divine. Curry is one of my favorite flavors. This will be a must-try during the cold, bleak days ahead.


  • Congratulations to you and your family! Baby Luke is adorable just like the other 3! I always like reading your blog b/c it’s always interesting. Plus you say their names and not a,b,c, and d b/c that really bugs me! Lol. Thanks for sharing!

  • Look at you schlepping around London! Awesome – and you look great doing it. And, your granddaughters are beautiful! What a terrific photo. Your daughter looks fantastic and baby Luke has his daddy’s hair! What a terrific time you are having and by the way, the soup sounds great too.

  • Gorgeous soup but SUCH lovely photos and many congrats to you and your daughter and family!!! so full of joy, it’s so lovely to see :))
    Mary x

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  • You must be beside yourself with joy being in London with all your dear ones. The cart is something I have always wanted. I saw some lovely ones when I was in Stratford Ontario and haven’t seen anything like it since. If you love in the city these are perfect little cart arounds.

  • Where am I supposed to start with this? I’m jealous of the open air market. I definitely want a schlepper. The soup looks amazing. Oh, that photo of the three girls and their first look at lil bro was so priceless. Luke is adorable. I was grinning ear to ear by the end, with the photo of the whole family.

  • Your daughters family is beautiful! Who would have known she just had a baby from how fresh and energized she looks. Beautiful, beautiful family and those adorable girls. Who helped them make that cute poster? I love how each head hole is slightly higher than the last.

    I’ve never made this soup before but it sounds like a winner especially with coconut milk added. Perfect for our weather here in the Midwest where the past few days it’s been dipping down into the 40s at night. Thanks for sharing and have fun with all the kiddies.

  • I too LOVE autumn for multiple reasons… the crisp air, the sun, le yellow light and the fact that I’m eating soup every week!!!! This one looks absolutely awesome, but it’s nothing compared with the cute familly of your daughter!

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