Fast Recipes

Parsnip soup with hazelnut and thyme butter

Creamy and comforting, with just a hint of spice.
Parsnip soup with hazelnut and thyme butterAlicia Taylor
4 - 6

This creamy soup is subtly flavoured with warming spices and given texture with a nutty brown-butter topping. It’s worth making a double batch and freezing extra for quick lunches.



1.Heat half the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek, thyme sprigs, star anise and cinnamon, and cook, stirring often, until leek is softened (6-7 minutes). Add two-thirds of the garlic and cook, stirring continuously, until fragrant (1 minute). Add stock and parsnip, season to taste and bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, until parsnip is very tender (15-18 minutes).
2.Meanwhile, cook remaining butter in a small saucepan until foaming and nut brown (3-4 minutes), then stir in thyme leaves and remaining garlic. Transfer to a food processor with hazelnuts and process until nuts are coarsely chopped. Season to taste.
3.Stir cream into soup, discard thyme sprigs and spices, then blend soup with a hand-held blender until very smooth. Top with hazelnut butter and serve with toasted sourdough.

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