BBC Good Food Magazine

Veg box stars PARSNIPS

Often relegated to side-dish status, parsnips deserve a starring role. They have a sweet, caramel-like flavour when roasted, making them an ideal base for creamy purées or soups

- recipe ESTHER CLARK photograph LOUISE HAGGER

Honey-roast parsnip soup

SERVES 4 PREP 10 mins COOK 1 hr 30 mins EASY V

800g parsnips, trimmed and

halved, or quartered if large

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp honey small handful of thyme sprigs, plus

extra leaves to serve

60g hazelnuts, roughly chopped 20g grated parmesan or

vegetarian alternativ­e

25g unsalted butter

1 onion, sliced

2 celery sticks, chopped

1.5 litres vegetable or chicken stock 1 tsp cider vinegar

100ml double cream 1 Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Tip the parsnips onto a baking tray and toss with half the oil, the honey and thyme sprigs. Season to taste and roast for 45 mins, turning halfway through until the parsnips are golden brown and caramelise­d. Remove from the oven and discard the thyme. Tip the hazelnuts onto a small baking tray and roast for 5 mins, then sprinkle with the cheese and roast for 5 mins more. Remove from the oven. Set aside.

2 Heat the remaining oil and the butter in a flameproof casserole over a medium heat until foaming. Fry the onions and celery with a pinch of salt for 15 mins until the veg is softened and beginning to turn golden and sticky. Add the roasted parsnips and the stock to the pan, then bring to a simmer and cover. Continue to simmer for 15 mins, then blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Season, then stir in the vinegar and cream. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the cheesy roast hazelnuts and the extra thyme leaves.

GOOD TO KNOW fibre • 2 of 5-a-day PER SERVING 575 kcals • fat 38g • saturates 14g • carbs 40g • sugars 26g • fibre 16g • protein 10g • salt 1.1g

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