Need a quick soup for Rosh Hashanah? Try this Carrot and Parsnip Soup, which comes from my book Hip Kosher. Just a few ingredients. And ingredients can be substituted to make it fit in a meat, dairy or pareve meal. It can be frozen too, so you can make plenty and store it for when it’s cold outside and you need a good, light, but nourishing starter for dinner.
And also — it’s loaded with vegetables. That’s a good thing.
Carrots and parsnips are both sweet vegetables, which makes this soup particularly nice for Rosh Hashanah, when sweet foods are in order. While not quite as ubiquitous as honey, carrots have always been a key High Holiday food. The Yiddish word for carrot is “mehren,” which means to “increase” or “multiply,” and thus underscores wishes for good fortune and good deeds in the new year.
So here it is. Good, cheap and easy to make.
Carrot and Parsnip Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1/2 pound carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 pound parsnips, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
Heat the olive oil in a soup pot or large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is slightly softened. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. Add the carrots, parsnips, cumin, coriander and salt and pepper to taste and stir. Pour in the stock and one cup water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, for about 25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Puree the ingredients, return the soup to the pan and reheat to serve. Makes 4-6 servings
For cream soup: use vegetable stock; add 1/2 cup half and half cream; reheat.
For dairy soup: prepare soup with vegetable stock and serve with a dollop of plain yogurt or dairy sour cream
Garnish: with croutons or pita crisps
Pita crisps: brush pita bread wedges with olive oil and bake for 5-6 minutes at 400 degrees (or until crispy and browned)