Carrot Parsnip Soup


This creamy carrot parsnip soup is cozy, flavorful and has the most vibrant orange color. Loaded with fiber and protein, this vegetarian soup is satisfying and delicious.

When fall/winter weather kicks in, I could live off of cozy soups and stews. Soup screams healing comfort food to me and that’s exactly what we all crave during the fall and winter months… especially right now.

To be honest, when developing this recipe I was craving pumpkin soup but didn’t have any pumpkin puree on hand (surprising… I know), so I rolled with a blend of carrots and parsnips and then added a little quinoa to bump up the protein.

Two bowls of carrot parsnip soup topped with green onions and cheese.

The end result was a cozy and delicious soup that was 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 because it makes this soup a little heartier so that it can be served as a meal and not just as an appetizer or side item.

Two bowls of carrot parsnip soup topped with green onions and cheese.

Ingredients & Substitutions for This Soup:

  • vegetables – onion, shallot, garlic, carrots, parsnips, fresh thyme and fresh sage. Don’t skip the fresh herbs because they add so much flavor to this soup.
  • olive oil
  • vegetable broth – water works as well, but I like using broth for more flavor!
  • uncooked quinoa – you could substitute for a different grain if you prefer.
  • miso paste – either red or white miso works for this recipe! I highly recommend using this because it adds a wonderful umami flavor, but if you don’t have miso or can’t find it, you can omit it and season with additional salt.
  • seasonings and spices – cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper, black pepper and sea salt.
  • optional toppings – scallions and gruyere cheese are the perfect toppings, but parmesan cheese also works well.
Tray with ingredients for carrot parsnip soup like onions, herbs, cheese, garlic and carrots and parsnips.

How to Make Carrot Parsnip Soup

Sauté – Sauté the onion, shallot and garlic in a large stock pot over medium heat. Cook until onions are translucent. Add in herbs and spices to the pot and stir.

Add vegetables – Mix in the carrots, parsnip, quinoa and vegetable broth or water to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-40 minute until veggies are tender.

Blend – Remove the soup from the heat and let it cool slightly. Use an immersion blender to 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 a blender in small batches.

Add miso – If you’re using miso, dissolve in warm water and stir it into the soup. Garnish with scallions and shredded gruyere cheese and serve immediately.

What to Serve with Carrot Parsnip Soup

Some people enjoy soup as a meal on its own, but I love pairing soup with a side (or two!) for variety in texture and flavors. My go-to pairings for soup include bread, crackers and salad. Here are some things that would go really well with this soup:

Two bowls of carrot parsnip soup topped with green onions and cheese.

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Carrot Parsnip Soup

4 from 14 votes
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.
Bowl of carrot parsnip soup topped with green onion and cheese.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 Tablespoon olive 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


  • In a large stock pot, heat 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.
  • Once the onions are translucent, add the herbs and spices (thyme, sage, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper and ground pepper) to the pot and stir.
  • Add chopped carrots, parsnip and quinoa to the pot, pour in vegetable broth or water and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for about 20-40 minutes until veggies are tender.
  • 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.
  • Dissolve miso in warm water and stir it 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.
  • Serve immediately garnished with scallions and shredded gruyere cheese and enjoy!


Serving: 1/4 recipe Calories: 266kcal Carbohydrates: 44g Protein: 9g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 1800mg Fiber: 9g Sugar: 16g
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot parsnip soup


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    1. Eileen
      February 3, 2022 AT 12:12 pm

      5 stars
      Absolutely delicious! All of the ingredients are amazing together!! Staying in my go-to list when I want to make soup.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 3, 2022 AT 8:48 pm

        Yay! So glad you loved this recipe, Eileen. Thanks so much for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it.

    2. Brittney
      January 18, 2021 AT 1:28 pm

      I love this soup! Have made it multiple times. I just add everything to my instant pot, when it has cooled use the immersion blender and you are good to go. I do eliminate the miso paste and will garnish with roasted seeds. Thank you for this delicious recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 18, 2021 AT 2:10 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you’ve been loving this soup, Brittney. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    3. Anton Kobakov
      January 10, 2021 AT 4:38 pm

      5 stars
      Wonderful recipe, many thanks for sharing. Wouldn’t you have a similar one on a tomato basis?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 10, 2021 AT 11:45 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this soup, Anton! I don’t have a tomato soup on the blog yet, but it’s on my list!

    4. Anne Igelbrink
      November 22, 2020 AT 1:52 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious, easy and fast. This is quite filling thanks to the quinoa. It’s definitely going into heavy pandemic rotation. Definitely use the miso. I’ll Ed the flavor it gave to the soup and may even bump it up a little next time..

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 23, 2020 AT 10:49 pm

        Woo!! So glad you enjoyed this soup, Anne! I really appreciate you coming back to leave a review. 🙂

    5. Lauren T.
      November 17, 2020 AT 10:06 am

      5 stars
      Loved this soup! The sage in it just gives it an amazing flavour. Warm and cozy for the colder months. My 16 MO also loved it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2020 AT 6:27 pm

        Yay!! So glad this soup was a hit, Lauren. Thanks for making it – I so appreciate it!

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