Hearty White Potato and Parsnip Soup with Fresh Herbs

Hearty White Potato and Parsnip Soup with Fresh Herbs

This comforting and delicious Hearty White Potato and Parsnip Soup combines the earthy flavors of parsnips and potatoes with a medley of herbs to create a warm and inviting dish perfect for chilly evenings. The creamy texture and aromatic herbs make this a delightful soup that’s hearty enough to serve as a main course with some crusty bread on the side.


– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 large onion, finely chopped
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 4 cups cubed white potatoes (Yukon Gold or Russet)
– 2 cups peeled and cubed parsnips
– 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
– 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
– 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1 bay leaf
– Bread rolls or croutons, for serving (optional)


1. **Prepare the Ingredients:**
– Wash and peel the potatoes and parsnips. Cut them into even-sized cubes.
– Chop the onion and mince the garlic.
– Prepare the fresh herbs by finely chopping the thyme, rosemary, and parsley.

2. **Cook the Onions and Garlic:**
– In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
– Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, cooking until the onion is translucent and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

3. **Add the Potatoes and Parsnips:**
– Add the cubed white potatoes and parsnips to the pot.
– Stir to coat the vegetables in the oil and onion mixture.

4. **Pour in the Broth:**
– Add the vegetable or chicken broth to the pot.
– Drop in the bay leaf and bring the mixture to a boil.

5. **Simmer the Soup:**
– Reduce the heat to low and let the soup simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes and parsnips are tender.

6. **Blend the Soup:**
– Remove the bay leaf from the pot.
– Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until it is smooth and creamy. Alternatively, you can transfer the soup in batches to a countertop blender and blend until smooth.

7. **Add the Cream and Herbs:**
– Stir in the heavy cream.
– Add the fresh thyme and rosemary.
– Season with salt and pepper to taste.
– Let the soup simmer gently for another 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

8. **Serve the Soup:**
– Ladle the soup into bowls.
– Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and a drizzle of olive oil if desired.
– Serve with warm bread rolls or croutons on the side for a complete meal.

Enjoy your Hearty White Potato and Parsnip Soup with Fresh Herbs!