Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Parsnip Soup with Sauted Veggies

These past few months that I have not traveled like a mad woman have been GREAT! Not going from time zone to time zone suddenly made sense.

I have adapted myself to many new things … the hardest one is food shopping and baking supplies. I say is hard because when I am in Madrid I don´t have many of the things that used to buy in New York, Paris or Milan. Lucky me I have Geneva.

In Madrid I am learning to find the places where I can shop some of my “favorite” things. In fact, I found a supermarket where I buy a good amount of the products that I used to shop at Whole Foods in New York or that I buy at Coop in Geneva.

Last week I found parsnip, in Spanish “Chirivía”. I was soooo happy! Although parsnip is easy to find abroad and there are many recipes to cook it, its not easy to find it in Madrid.

I prepared a soup. Very good idea after the Halloween candy galore. I also prepared some carrots, mushrooms and almonds that worked perfectly with the parsnip aniseed flavor.

I hope you like it!!


Serves 4

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 small shallots, chopped

250 gr parsnips (about 2 medium), peeled and coarsely chopped

2 medium potato, peeled and coarsely chopped

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

3 1/2 cups water

1/4 cup heavy cream


Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook shallots, parsnips, and potato, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, about 10 minutes.

Season with 2 teaspoons salt. Add water, and simmer, partially covered, until vegetables are tender, 13 to 15 minutes. Puree mixture in a blender with cream until smooth.


Amparo said...

Que buena pinta tiene esa sopa.
Nunca he probado ni visto la chirivia.
Un abrazo.

Juana said...

UMMMMM!, que sopa tan buena!!, apetecen tanto estos platos ahora que hace fresquito!!!
Muchos besitos!!!!

Mariola said...

Hola Amaparo!! La verdad es que no es nada comun por aqui y es una pena! Tiene un sabor un poco anisado riquisimo para cremas y pures.

Juana!! Gracias por tu comentario ... si que apetece cocina otoñal con el fresco!! besos!!

J. said...

Hola. No conocía tu blog. Me han encantado las recetas que he podido ver (pero me quedan muchas mas que espero ir descubriendo este fin de semana). Me ha llamado la atención los cupcakes (y la historia de miedo también) del día 31 de octubre... que pinta. Un saludo.

Mariola said...

Hola J!! Bienvenida!! No sabes lo que me alegro que te guste lo que has visto por el momento. Tambien me alegro que los cupcakes te llamen la atencion. Con todos lo que los hago para los hij@s de mis amigas los tendria que poner mas en el blog ... y la historia de miedo ... James y yo todavia hablamos de aquella noche. No creo que he pasado mas miedo en mi vida.
Lo dicho: bienvenida!! saludos

Lory B. said...

Il tuo blog è veramente molto bello!!!!!!!!
A presto!!!!!

Mariola said...

Ciao Lory! Sei molto gentile! Grazie !!

William said...


I read that you found parsnips in Madrid, and you put a link to Sanchez Romero grocery stores. I called and asked if they had parsnips, and they said no. Could you tell me which one you went to?

Thanks for the recipe! I hope to try it soon.


Mariola said...

Hi Will,

I bought them in Majadahonda. In any case you can ask them to bring them for you. I order things like cranberrys, sage or any unusual ingredients for spaniards.

I hope it helps.

Best Regards,