Parsnip & Sweet Potato Bisque

Parsnip and Sweet Potato Bisque

I know what you’re thinking…parsnips, how exciting… But really, this soup is fabulous. We’ll get to that. First, a couple of things I wanted to mention.

1. All month long, I’ll be the featured nutrition expert on Sweat & the City. You’ll be able to find my recipes, tips, and articles during the month of December here. Their site is fabulous, especially if you’re looking to get fitness ideas. Check it out when you get a chance. Oh, and stay tuned for my Holiday Survival Guide.

2. Next, I have a GIVEAWAY I’d like to announce! Woohoo!

It’s my first giveaway so I’m rather excited. My readers have been so good to me so I wanted to give a little something back to you. The nice folks at CSN have given me a $40 gift certificate for me to give away to one of you. They have some really nice things ranging from luggage sets to kitchen table to home accessories.

To Enter: All you have to do is comment on this post giving me a random number between 1 and 300. I’ll use to generate a winner, closest one wins!
Details: Giveaway ends on Sunday, December 5th at 11:59pm PST. Open to US residents only, sorry. Good luck :)

On with the soup.


I’m known in my family as the soup master. I don’t know about the master part, I think they’re just being nice, but I do make soups A LOT in the cold weather.

I love soup.

What’s not to love about an easy one-pot meal that’s filling and nourishing, capturing all the wonderful nutrients in its broth. I firmly believe soup helps me stay healthy through winter.

One of the things that makes soup so easy is my hand immersion blender. I like to blend many of my soups and I can’t imagine transferring it over to the food processor every time. I highly recommend one if you’re a soup lover like me.

Without further ado, here it is. Hope you enjoy it!

Parsnip & Sweet Potato Bisque & a Giveaway!
Serves: 8 cups
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 pound parsnips (about 2-3 parsnips), peeled & chopped
  • ¾ pound Granny Smith apples (about 3 apples), peeled & chopped
  • ¾ pound sweet potato (1-2 large potatoes), peeled & chopped
  • 4½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube, low-sodium
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (soy milk preferred)
  1. In a large saucepan, place oil, onion, parsnips, apples, and potato and cook for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Add water, wine, bouillon, and salt and cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add garlic and milk and simmer uncovered for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Hand blend (or transfer to processor or blender) and puree soup. Ladle into bowls and serve hot. Enjoy!



  1. says

    I just bought a hand blender and I used it for the first time this week. I don’t know how I ever lived without it! I make soups a lot and you wouldn’t believe the mess I created transferring hot soup in small batches to my blender. I am excited about this recipe because I have both extra sweet potatoes and parsnips left over from my CSA box and this is a perfect way to enjoy them. This recipe is full of important nutrients from antioxidants to calcium and fiber…all in one bowl. Yummy!
    The number I choose for the drawing is 15.

  2. says

    I never had Parsnip soup…odd a? Defiantly look delish especially with that beautiful sweet potato color!
    Also giveaway sounds awesome, thank you! my number is 7

  3. says

    The photos of your soup are just gorgeous. I’m a HUGE soup lover too and can’t get enough of soup during the winter. I’ll definitely be trying out your recipe. It sound soooo delicious. :)
    I choose 1.

  4. says

    you are so right about the immersion blender, I don’t know what I would do with out mine. I love that wonderful soup you made, I am a fan of parsnips and you never see them much…such an unappreciated veggie!
    Congratulations on your gig over at Sweat and the City!

    • says

      Thanks, Chef! You’re very right – parsnips are underappreciated. Power to the parsnip!

  5. says

    I love soups too, but I’m not really a soup master. I’d love to make more soups this winter, and totally agree that the immersion blender is the way to go. The only time I’ll use a blender for soups is if it’s a gazpacho. It’s just so much easier with the hand blender!!

    My number is 270

  6. says

    It’s looks very inviting. We woke up to snow this morning and this would have been perfect. Great pictures. I’m choosing 26.

  7. says

    Trish, congrats on being featured at Sweat & the City–I’ll check it out. :-)

    I’m so trying this soup. I love parsnips in soup but you know what, I’ve never pureed it with sweet potato. I’ve already bookmarked it since we can’t get enough soup this time of year. Happy to have a new recipe to try. Thanks!

  8. says

    I like it. The sweetness from the sweet potato and apple, the aroma of the garlic pureed with the parsnips sounds very comforting.

    I choose the number 150! I hope I win!

  9. says

    This must be some of the most beautiful soup I have seen! Lovely, lovely photos!! I couldn’t agree with you more about how soup is the perfect winter meal – can’t wait to try!

    Oh for a number…let’s go with 19.

  10. says

    I like parsnips too, they have a great rustic sweetness. :) Yum!
    My number is 113!

    My husbands birthday, 11/3 :)


  11. Lora says

    Hi Trish-gorgeous parsnips. I always add them to my chicken soup;) I love the combination of parsnip with sweet potatoes. It looks delicious!!

    My number is 179 …hope I win!!

    Congrats on Sweat and the City:)

  12. says

    I don’t think I have ever had parsnips but am now intrigued. Sweet potatoes though are one of my favorite vegetables. Right up there with Brussels sprouts. The soup looks delicious.

    My number is 235.

  13. says

    I’m a soup lover without an immersion blender. So I eat a lot of chunky soups, or I get by with a potato masher. This soup will definitely be in my soup rotation this winter!

    I pick number 55!

  14. says

    I love all kinds of root vegetable and parsnips are one of my favorites.. Delcious soup, such vibrant, beautiful colours! Thnks for sharing my friend!.. Luna

    • says

      Thanks, Luna! Glad you like it. It’s the perfect soup to warm and sweeten your cold winter days.

  15. says

    I Love that you said Power to the Parsnips! My type of language. So I think it’s time I purchase an immersion blender?! You don’t even want to know the process involved when I make my soups, lil messy. My number is 11.

  16. says

    That soup looks great, I’ve never tried parsnips!

    I pick number 116

  17. says

    Immersion blender: I think it’s the best invention after the dishwasher! I love soups and creams so I could not live without it. And honestly, parnsip in the soup does sound exciting to me :)
    Congratulations for being features on Sweat and the City. I will totally need to the check out your survival strategies

    • says

      They are definitely one of the best inventions. Glad you agree. Thanks for following, Sara :-)

  18. says

    Congrats on the Sweat & City gig! Your soup looks great.
    My number is 25. Thanks!

  19. says

    Hello! What a fun giveaway. I will pick number 162. I adore soup too, and I loved seeing the beautiful parsnips you used to make this lovely bisque. Such beautiful photographs! Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a great day!

  20. says

    Thanks for the great post & giveaway contest, too! I LOVE parsnips. I found out last week that my parents had never tried them, so I made them come to dinner that very day so they could sample some parsnip soup! I choose 127 as my random number. Thanks again!

  21. says

    What a great giveaway! My random number is 6!

    This soup looks fantastic. I have been enjoying reading so many blogs with soup recipes. It is the perfect food for the chilly weather!

  22. says

    What a coinkidink…I’m known as the soup master too! But I’d be much more masterful if I had gigantic parsnips and an immersion blender like you do. My lucky number is 43, so I’ll throw my hat in the ring. Thanks!

  23. says

    This sounds fabulous! I’ve never used wine in my soup before, but I bet it adds such wonderful flavor! I like that you used apples to to add a bit of sweetness to this savory dish. Looks great as usual Trish! :)

    • says

      The splash of wine complements the tangy apples and adds just a little extra flavor. Thanks for reading :-)

  24. Nicole W says

    Hopefully no one has taken my number but I’ll choose 239 :)

  25. says

    I’ve only had parsnips in the form of chips, never in a soup.. I’d be very interested to try this though! I love a good soup on a cold day.

    • says

      Yes it is. But it’s very sweet so you have to be in the mood for a soup slightly on the sweet side. Hope you try it.

  26. says

    my random number is 2.

    I do love parsnips, but never had them in a soup. This looks really good and perfect for this time of year.

  27. says

    Wonderful soup…I have yet to make anything with parsnips….this could inspire me. ;) The hand immersion blenders are fabulous aren’t they. I took forever to buy one and now regret all the time I dithered.

  28. Shan says

    Congrats on this month’s Sweat and the City and for last month’s Food Buzz! Your blog is so beautiful, calming and informative. Thank you for your work:)

  29. says

    Trish – this bisque looks perfect for the cold winter nights we have been having. BTW – Love the new look to your site! :-) I absolutely love my emulsion blender – makes the puree process a snap. My random number is 47!

  30. Mike says

    I’ve never had the occasion to have parsnips, but this sounds like a great opportunity to be creative!

    My number, somewhat like my birthday, is 105

    Thanks Trish

  31. says

    I love parsnips and this soup sounds fantastic. We’re headed to Vermont, if I can find parsnips (you’d be surprised how limited it is) in West Dover I will try this.

  32. says

    I happen to really like parsnips. I think they get a bad rap! The soup looks so smooth and lovely, and I love the new header!

    • says

      Agreed. They are totally underestimated. Glad you like the new header :-)

  33. says

    Mmmm, looks delicious! I love the idea of using sweet potato and apple in the soup. I was surprised when I made mine how flavorful it could be with a bunch of root vegetables! Definitely a winner, and perfect for the cold.

    Speaking of winners… hopefully #205 is one! :)

  34. says

    Oh this looks DELISH! Here’s hopin’ for lucky number 218! :)

  35. says

    Love sweet potatoes, but have never cooked with parsnip. This looks so warm and comforting!! I’ll take 138 for my number…and please swing by my blog to enter a giveaway for Round Pond’s blood orange citrus syrup + cab-merlot red wine vinegar. They’re great products!

  36. Brynn says

    21….my lucky number! Come on giftcard! :)

  37. Denise Fondo says

    We love recipes using parsnips (and turnips). Richly comforting paired with bacon and dark beer.

    My lucky number is 26!

  38. Jodi says

    Looks like a great soup for these cold windy days upon us. Especially in NJ.

    My lucky number is 7. But I’m going to go with 67.

  39. says

    OOhhh!!! Trish! What a wonderful soup! I never really liked soups until a few years ago, and now I’m loving the different flavors. I love the apple addition to this one. And yes, I LOVE my immersion blender as well. I got it as a wedding present 17 years ago and still use it!
    Hmmmm a random number… how about 16?

  40. says

    Hi Trish, The soup looks great. Look for it as ‘P’ in my upcoming post.

    Put me down for #111.

  41. Nancy @SensitivePantry says

    Sounds quite yummy to me. Love the combo of flavors.

  42. Nancy @SensitivePantry says

    Sounds quite yummy to me. Love the combo of flavors.

  43. says

    this looks so yummy! Ive bookmarked it ready to get the ingredients next time I brave the supermarket, thanks! Belle. Im not in the US but Jules on my site is so im entering on her behalf! (#116)

  44. Kitchen_Tinker says

    this looks so yummy! Ive bookmarked it ready to get the ingredients next time I brave the supermarket, thanks! Belle. Im not in the US but Jules on my site is so im entering on her behalf! (#116)


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