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Velvety Parsnip Soup with Smoky Bacon Garnish

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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  40 Minutes
  4 servings
If you are unfamiliar with the alluring, bittersweet parsnip, try this soup. Think carrot flavor, only more grown-up. This pureed vegetable soup recipe is wildly versatile: just use the following 4:1 formula - 4 cups vegetable of choice with 1 cup onion.
3 thick-sliced applewood-smoked bacon strips
2 tablespoons olive oil or 2 tablespoons reserved bacon drippings
1 cup thinly sliced onion
4 cups coarsely chopped peeled parsnips
4 cups (or more) canned reduced-sodium chicken broth
Velvety Parsnip Soup with Smoky Bacon Garnish Recipe at
Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels; drain. Reserve drippings, if desired. Crumble bacon into small pieces.

Heat olive oil or reserved bacon drippings in heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion; saute until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add parsnips and saute until juices form, about 5 minutes. Add broth. Bring soup simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer soup until parsnips are very tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Using immersion blender, puree soup in saucepan. Season to taste with salt. Thin soup with more broth, if desired. Return soup to simmer over low heat.

Ladle soup into 4 soup bowls. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and serve.

Recipe created exclusively for by Shelley Handler.

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 299
Fat. Total: 17g
Fiber: 7g
Carbohydrates, Total: 27g
Sodium: 309mg
% Cal. from Fat: 51%
Cholesterol: 11mg
Protein: 10g
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