Healthy Carrot & Parsnip Soup

This healthy carrot and parsnip soup is both earthy and (a tad) sweet in flavor. Not only is it delicious, but it packs a punch of protein from the quinoa, and is full of fiber, too! Vegetarian and gluten-free.

It’s getting chilly here in Richmond. It hasn’t really bothered me because I haven’t been outside much, but this week seemed like a good week for a hearty bowl of soup. Soup sort of screams healing comfort food to me and that’s exactly what I needed…

I didn’t have any pumpkin on hand (shocker… I know), so I rolled with parsnips and added a little quinoa to bump up the protein.

Healthy Carrot Parsnip Soup served in white bowl with scallion and gruyere garnish.

It turned out to be warm, comforting and super delicious. Isaac and I both kept going on and on about how tasty it was the whole time we were eating it.

It’s sweet from the carrots, but not too sweet, and has a great flavor from all the herbs and spices. Quinoa is the perfect addition as it makes the soup a little heartier so that it can be served as a meal, not just an appetizer or side item.

Healthy Carrot Parsnip Soup served in white bowl with scallion and gruyere garnish.

Healthy Carrot Parsnip Soup served in white bowl with scallion and gruyere garnish.

If you make this amazing carrots and parsnip soup, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Amazing Carrot and Parsnip Soup


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This healthy carrot and parsnip soup is both earthy and (a tad) sweet in flavor. Not only is it delicious, but it packs a punch of protein from the quinoa, and is full of fiber, too! Vegetarian and gluten-free.


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Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 lb. parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 5 cups of vegetable broth or water
  • 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 3 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon miso paste, dissolved in 1 Tablespoon warm water
  • sea salt, to taste
  • scallions, as garnish
  • 1 ounce gruyere cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, heat coconut oil on medium heat. Place onion, shallot and garlic into the pot and sauté for about five to seven minutes or until onions are translucent.
  2. Add herbs and spices (thyme, sage, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper and ground pepper) to the pot and stir.
  3. Add chopped carrots, parsnip and quinoa to the pot. Pour in vegetable broth or water. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for about 20-40 minutes until veggies are tender.
  4. Remove from heat and let stand 3-5 minutes until cooled slightly. Using an immersion blender, blend the contents of the pot until a smooth even consistency is reached. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can blend the soup in your blender in small batches.
  5. Dissolve miso in warm water and stir into the soup. Miso gives the soup a wonderful flavor but if you don’t have miso, simply season the soup with a little sea salt.
  6. Serve immediately garnished with scallions and shredded gruyere cheese. Enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from Tone It Up’s Carrot and Pumpkin Soup

  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 421
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 64g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Protein: 14g

Seriously so good!

As an update – I had my MRI yesterday and my follow-up appointment with the doc is scheduled for tomorrow. I’m anxious to find out what’s going on with my knee and how long it will take to heal. Hoping for some encouraging news tomorrow!

Have a wonderful Thursday friends. And, don’t’ forget to drink your water – it’s thirsty Thursday!!

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    30 comments
  1. I made this and it was fantastic. I didn’t have any miso but it still turned out beautifully. So full of flavour! I looked at quite a few carrot/parsnip soup recipes before settling on this one and I’m so glad. Will definitely make it again.

  2. i made it and got 4 generous servings at roughly 200 cal/serve
    Thanks for an amazing recipe by the way!!! Love this blog
    x

  3. Fancied making some soup, looked in the fridge and saw I had some oldish parsnips and a bag of carrots. Googled carrot and parsnip soup and this recipe was top of the list. Needless to say I don’t have half the ingredients listed including; coconut oil, miso paste, scallions, shallots, fresh sage and fresh thyme.

  4. Wow I just made this soup (with the pumpkin) and it was so so delicious! It was so much better than I thought it would be. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  5. This sounds amazing. Too many ingredients for me to do myself, but maybe I can talk someone into doing it and sharing. 🙂

    OT, I have been reading your blog forever, and one thing I miss is your meals. I often struggle with what to put with what, or even think of healthy meals when I am rushed or stressed. Maybe take a poll, see if others think this way too, but like all the style blogs that show us how to put that same top with different things to get a totally different style, I’d love more info on mixing and matching easy meals. I think you could be famous for this! Thanks for listening.

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