Rich and creamy carrot and parsnip soup is brightened with ginger. The soup may be served hot or cold. You will need to puree the soup in a blender or food processor according to the recipe. However, I find it just as tasty when unblended. I rather enjoy the texture.


  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 cups shredded parsnips
  • 1 (1-inch long) piece fresh ginger, peeled and shredded
  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Snipped fresh chives, optional, for garnish


Bring the carrots, parsnips, ginger and stock to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

Transfer the contents of the saucepan to a blender or food processor. Puree the soup until it is nearly smooth, then pour the puree back into the saucepan.

Add the cream, and bring to a simmer again over medium heat. Stir in the salt, white pepper, and lemon juice. Taste, and adjust the seasonings.

Garnish with chives, if you like. Serve hot, or refrigerate, covered, for several hours and serve chilled

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe Source: Prairie Home Cooking by Judith M. Fertig (Harvard Common Press)