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Creamy Root Vegetable Soup

Creamy Root Vegetable Soup

Head to the farmers' market to pick up provisions for this creamy, colorful soup. Carrots, parsnips, and a touch of maple syrup give it natural sweetness accented by warming spices. Packed with nutrients, it's just right for fall and winter lunch or supper. Make a double batch and freeze the extra in a freezer-friendly bag or container
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author katiemorford


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large leeks
  • 5 large carrots, scrubbed or peeled
  • 3 medium parsnips, scrubbed or peeled
  • 1 pound waxy potatoes, such as yukon gold, red, or yellow finn (unpeeled)
  • 4 to 5 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk yogurt
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme for garnish (optional)


  1. Cut the white and light green part of the leeks crosswise into 1/4-inch thick disks. Fill a medium bowl with water and immerse the leeks, breaking them apart a bit to release any dirt. Lift the leeks out of the water, rinse in a colander and drain.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium in a large, heavy pot. Add the leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until fairly tender, being careful that they don’t brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. While the leeks cook, cut the carrots and parsnips crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. The larger pieces can be cut in half again. Cut potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Precision isn’t essential here. Pile the vegetables into the pot with the leeks, mix, add the bay leaf and add enough chicken broth so that it comes just to the top of the vegetables. The amount may vary. Best to err on the side of less since you can always add more later. If you add too much, your soup with be thin.

  4. Bring to a boil, drop the heat until the soup bubbles gently. Add a lid, slightly askew so that a little of the soup is exposed. Cook until the vegetables are tender but not mushy, about 30 minutes. You know they’re done when you can smash a large piece of parsnip with relative ease using a fork.
  5. Remove bay leaf and add the salt and pumpkin pie spice. Puree soup with an immersion blender or in a stand up blender until smooth.
  6. Return soup to the pot if using a stand up blender. Add the maple syrup and yogurt and stir well. Taste and add more salt if desired. Thin with more chicken broth or water, if needed.
  7. Serve in bowls with a drizzle of maple syrup.