Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (2024)

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This creamy parsnip and apple soup is a delicious one pot recipe with minimal ingredients, but loads of flavour!Garnished with fresh chives, it makes for one delicious lunch or side to dinner.

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This parsnip and apple soup is quite unique and really parsnip forward.I don’t mean “forward” like this is some kinda hip recipe. I’m definitely not that cool.

What I mean is this parsnip apple soup is really parsnipy (is that even a word?), you do get a little sweetness and tartness from the Granny Smith apples.

It’s kinda unassuming.

I mean, it’s some root vegetables with apple. Simple, right?

It is simple. However, when you taste it, you realize just how delicious it is. Parsnip soup with apple is where it’s at!

Fan of parsnip recipes? You may enjoy this mashed parsnips!

Why We Love This Parsnip Apple Soup Recipe

  • This soup is made with only 10 ingredients that you probably already have on hand in your pantry and fridge.
  • It comes together in relatively quickly.
  • Like most soup recipes, it’s made in one pot for easy cleanup.
  • Of course, it taste delicious!
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What Parsnips Taste Like and How To Cook Them

Parsnips looks quite similar to carrots. However, they have a distinct flavour, kinda grassy. When you eat parsnips, you know it. They’re a little sweeter than carrots but can be cooked much in the same way you would cook carrots.

For cooking parsnips you can:

  • Roast or bake (which really intensifies their flavour)
  • Boil them (super popular around here, especially with a traditional Newfoundland dish called “Jiggs Dinner”)
  • Steam them or
  • Fry (I’ve had parsnip chips and they’re so good)

They can be enjoyed as is or made into a puree or soup, like this parsnip soup recipe.

How To Make This Soup

Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:

  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil, then cook onion until softened. Stir in garlic.
  2. Add parsnips, apples, thyme, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour in broth and bring to a simmer.Cook until parsnips and apples have softened.
  4. Blend the soup with an immersion blender until smooth.
  5. Stir in heavy cream.

Best Cooking Apple to Use

For this creamy parsnip apple soup, I like to use Granny Smith apples. I love their tartness and they pair beautifully with the sweet parsnips. Don’t have those? Sub with Pink Lady or Braeburn.

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Garnish Ideas

Enjoy this parsnip apple soup as is or top with any of these:

  • Sliced chives or green onion
  • Little drizzle of heavy cream swirled over top
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Homemade croutons
  • Drizzle of olive oil (garlic olive oil is lovely)
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Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Heavy cream is used, but if you like to lighten things up an equal amount of plain whole milk Greek yogurt could be used instead.
  • White pepper is used in this parsnip soup, but if you don’t have that on hand, regular black pepper would work too.
  • Cut the parsnips into small chunks so they cook quickly.
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More Easy Soup Recipes

  • Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Leek Soup With Cheddar
  • Broccoli Soup With Spinach
  • Red Pepper Tomato With Fennel Soup
  • Curried Carrot Soup

And if you’re looking to add even more apple or parsnip recipes to your menu, check out thisapple pizza andcurried carrot and parsnip soup.

If you make this parsnip apple soup recipe, be sure to leave a comment below!

This parsnip and apple soup recipe was original posted in July 2015 andhas been updated with new photos and recipe details.

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Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe

Dawn | Girl Heart Food

This creamy parsnip and apple soup is a delicious one pot recipe with minimal ingredients, but loads of flavour!Garnished with fresh chives, it makes for one delicious lunch or side to dinner.

4.75 from 12 votes

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 25 minutes mins

Total Time 35 minutes mins

Course Lunch, Main Course, Soup

Servings 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • Chopped chives, garnish to taste (optional)


A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.

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  1. EssEss

    Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (7)
    Made this for dinner last night. I like parsnips but don’t make them often so this sounded like a great option for a different fresh fruit/vegetable side with dinner. We were both feeling like it tasted “okay” but it wasn’t grabbing us. I put the leftovers in the fridge to have for lunch the next day.

    I discovered the next day that this is MUCH better when cold, and sprinkled with a little bit of nutmeg and cinnamon in the bowl. This tastes much more like a slightly tangy applesauce this way and has more flavor.


  2. Joan

    Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (8)
    Great soup! I make this all the time. If I have it, I use 1/2 cup apple cider in place of the same amount of broth. (I also use chicken stock ´cause that’s what I usually have ). Yummy!


    • Dawn | Girl Heart Food

      Thank you very much, Joan! I’ll have to give the apple cider a try next time. So happy you enjoy the recipe!


    • Gail

      Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (9)
      Very nice soup. I make soup every week and was looking for something different. I added nutmeg and sprinkle of cinnamon. Thank you for a great recipe.


      • Dawn | Girl Heart Food

        Thank you very much, Gail! The nutmeg and cinnamon sounds like a yummy addition.

  3. K Girl

    Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (10)
    We loved this yummy soup! 2 bowls each!! I did run several batches of completed soup through a strainer to make it even finer, creamier. I also only had dried thyme ad freeze-dried chives on hand—in my opinion, fresh of both would be better. Many thanks for yet another yummy idea for a meal!!!


    • Dawn | Girl Heart Food

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe!! Thanks very much!!


  4. Leanne | Crumb Top Baking

    Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (11)
    I love parsnip! I’ve always enjoyed them roasted, but I only recently started adding them to creamy soups! They have such an awesome texture and the pairing with tart green apples is brilliant!


    • Girl Heart Food

      Totally! Thanks Leanne 🙂


    • Andrea

      Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (12)
      Followed recipe exactly but it asked for was a bit too much white pepper, could be halved.
      But lovely soup!


      • Dawn | Girl Heart Food

        Thank you very much, Andrea! I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe! You can certainly adjust the white pepper to taste next time should you wish.

  5. Valentina

    Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (13)
    Dawn, I love this flavor combination. I think parsnips are underused in general. This is a good reminder to keep them in mind when I’m shopping. I especially love your topping/garnish ideas. I think the goat cheese would be fabulous!


    • Girl Heart Food

      I agree! Thank you Valentina! So happy you like the recipe 🙂


  6. Marissa

    Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (14)
    I’m so intrigued by this ‘parsnipy’ soup of yours, Dawn! Looks bold and fabulous – definitely a must try!!

    Have a lovely weekend, friend!


    • Girl Heart Food

      Yay! Hope you love it, Marissa! Same to you! XO


  7. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop

    Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (15)
    I haven’t ever really eaten a parsnip! Time to expand my horizons. This soup looks lovely and I’ll need to give it a try simply so I know how it tastes!


    • Girl Heart Food

      Really? Bet you’d love it…or I sure hope so 😉 Thanks Kathy! Enjoy!


  8. Katherine | Love In My Oven

    I’m glad you updated this one so I could be reminded of it!! I happen to LOVE parsnips. Of course, what don’t I love?! Ha! But either way, the flavour combo of this soup sounds ah-mazing. It’s still soup weather here, so count me in for a bowl of this!! XO


    • Girl Heart Food

      Woo hoo! Thanks Katherine! Indeed I will 😉 XO


  9. Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers

    Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (16)
    I love this flavour combination. The apple is so perfect to balance the parsnips. Lovely!


    • Girl Heart Food

      Thank you Jennifer! I think so too 😉


  10. David @ Spiced

    Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (17)
    Parsnips. Now there’s a root veggie that I haven’t experimenting with very much. I use ’em when making a classic roast beef, but that’s about it. Now I’m intrigued! This soup sounds delicious, Dawn…plus I love things that kapow my taste buds! We’re starting to get warmer here, but there’s still snow on the ground. A good soup like this would be a welcome sight for lunch next week!


    • Girl Heart Food

      I grew up with them and really enjoy! Thank you David! It really would make for a yummy lunch 🙂


  11. Katie Crenshaw | A Fork's Tale

    Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (18)
    Dawn, this looks deliciously delicious! I did not grow up eating parsnips, and honestly I just discovered them. Now I am in love with them. I can’t wait to try your recipe. I could eat the whole batch all by myself!


    • Girl Heart Food

      Yay! Hope you love this soup! Thanks Katie 🙂


Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe (2024)


How do you make parsnip soup less sweet? ›

Once this does happen, you can tone down the sweetness by adding spices like cumin, nutmeg or lemon juice. Deviate from the recipe to reduce sweetness. Instead of adding 4 parsnip to the recipe, reduce the number of parsnip by half.

How do you cook Gordon Ramsay parsnips? ›

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan, then add the carrots and parsnips and toss to coat in the oil. Add the thyme, cinnamon, star anise and some seasoning. Cook over a medium heat for 15-20 minutes, turning the vegetables frequently, until golden brown and almost cooked through.

Should parsnips be peeled for soup? ›

Young, small parsnips don't really need peeling – just scrub clean and serve whole. Older parsnips should be peeled very thinly with a peeler or sharp knife, then chopped into evenly sized chunks. If the central core is very fibrous, this should be cut away.

Why is my parsnip soup bitter? ›

I recommend peeling parsnips before adding them to recipes like this parsnip soup. If you don't peel them, you'll likely be adding a bitter taste to the soup. Why is my parsnip soup bitter? If you leave the peels on the parsnip, it can cause your soup to taste bitter.

How do you thicken parsnip soup? ›

Add flour or cornflour

Put a tablespoon of either into a small bowl and stir in 2-3 tbsp of the soup until you have a smooth mixture. Stir this back into the soup and bring it to a simmer. Cook for a few minutes to allow the starch granules to burst to thicken, and to cook out any flour flavour.

How do you take the bitterness out of parsnips? ›

Thick parsnips tend to have bitter, woody cores. Cut them in half length-wise and cut out the core if this is the case. Parsnips taste best during the winter months. They're sweeter when exposed to cold, so keep them in a bag in the fridge.

How do you cook Jamie Oliver parsnips? ›

Scrub the parsnips, then blanch whole in a large pan of boiling salted water for 5 minutes, then drain and steam dry. Tip into a large roasting tray, dot over the butter and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, toss to coat and arrange in a single layer, then roast for 1 hour.

Do I need to peel parsnips before cooking? ›

To prepare: Very small parsnips don't need peeling, just wash them and top and tail. Medium to large parsnips should be peeled and chopped into even-sized chunks, halves or quarters. To cook: Cook in boiling salted water for 15-20 minutes until tender.

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