Parsnip and apple soup with cream and crispy sage recipe

  • Serves 4-6, freezes well
  • A little tricky

Easy, autumnal and delicious - this creamy vegetable soup is the perfect lunch after a windy walk in the countryside

Winter Warmer soup

This easy, autumnal soup offers a hearty lunch for a blustery day.

Parsnips make lovely smooth creamy textured soups and their sweet flavour is classic when teamed with the sharp Bramley apples.The dish freezes brilliantly, so is great for batch cooking and freezing in individual portions, minus the garnish.

Greek butter bean and tomato soup


  • Olive oil 2 tbsp
  • Onion 1 large, finely chopped
  • Parsnips 750g, peeled and diced into 2cm pieces
  • Bramley cooking apples 2, peeled, cored and diced
  • Garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • Sage leaves a small handful, chopped
  • Vegetable stock 1 litre
  • Double cream 100ml, (optional) plus a drizzle for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the crispy sage

  • Butter 25g
  • Sage leaves a small handful
  • Flaked sea salt a pinch


  • Step 1

    Heat the oil in a large heavy based pan set over a low heat. Add the onion and fry gently for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and light golden brown.

  • Step 2

    Add the parsnip, apple, garlic and sage and season well with salt and pepper. Stir-fry for another couple of minutes before pouring in the stock. Bring up to a steady simmer and cook gently, uncovered, for another 15 minutes or so until the parsnips are soft and tender.

  • Step 3

    Process the soup until really smooth – either by using a stick blender in the pan, or by carefully transferring to a liquidiser. Stir through the cream, if using, and add a splash of water if it’s too thick. Reheat gently and taste to check the seasoning.

  • Step 4

    To make the crispy sage garnish, set a small frying pan over a medium heat and add the butter. Once it melts and begins to foam gently, add the sage leaves and salt, fry for a minute or so until crisp, stirring a little to keep the leaves separate. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Recipe by Genevieve Taylor