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Roasted Parsnip White Chocolate Soup

Roasted Parsnip White Chocolate Soup 8.000

Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post

Nov 27, 2017

This is an interesting and delicious soup with just the perfect hint of white chocolate sweetness. It's an unusual treat that you could start — or end — a meal with.

Be sure to use a good-quality white chocolate, preferably with 35 percent cacao, such as Valrhona brand.

To read the accompanying story, see: For those who think white chocolate isn’t ‘real’ chocolate, have we got bars for you.

Make Ahead: The parsnips can be roasted, cooled and refrigerated up to 3 days in advance.


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Tested size: 8 servings; makes about 10 cups

  • 2 pounds parsnips (about 4 or 5 large parsnips)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 medium Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts no-salt-added or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped, good-quality white chocolate (see headnote)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Trim, peel and cut the parsnips crosswise into 1-inch-thick rounds, placing them on a rimmed baking sheet as you go. Use the 2 tablespoons of oil to brush them lightly. Roast (middle rack) for about 40 minutes, until they begin to soften and brown.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Stir in the onions and cook for about 10 minutes, or until translucent. Add the broth, vanilla extract and the roasted parsnips. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 20 minutes, until the parsnips are very soft. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Stir in the white chocolate; cook for about 5 minutes, until melted. Remove from the heat, then stir in the heavy cream.

Use an immersion (stick) blender to puree until smooth, then add the lime juice and puree just long enough to incorporate.

Divide among individual bowls; garnish with the dill and serve warm.

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Tested by Jessica Weissman.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 490

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 35g 54%

Saturated Fat: 20g 100%

Cholesterol: 75mg 25%

Sodium: 125mg 5%

Total Carbohydrates: 38g 13%

Dietary Fiber: 6g 24%

Sugar: 20g

Protein: 5g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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