Rooting for Vegetables

My husband and I made a revelation this weekend. We really dislike smoked paprika. Especially when our salmon is smothered in it. Yes, it’s a vibrant and eye-catching color, but the taste just kills me. I made a recipe I had seen in a McCormick’s Spice advertisement in one of my magazines. I was really excited about it. It looked so beautiful. I thought to myself, “I can’t wait to take a picture of this and share the funny story about how one of my new favorite recipes is actually from an ad!” Boy, I have to say I was pretty darned disappointed.
This is a bright light at the end of this dark tunnel though. That very same night I made a fantastic soup! We had received a bag of root vegetables from our Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks delivery. It had a very simple recipe on the bag for a soup to make out of this mixture of carrots, rutabagas, parsnips, and turnips. Here’s the thing though, as much as I really want to give props to the woman who’s recipe it is, I threw the bag away. This means I don’t have the exact recipe either, but I do my best.
Before I do that, I want to give a shout out to my father-in-law who made this beautiful bowl pictured here. He makes tons of amazing pieces that you should check out if you are ever in the Athens, Ohio area. He has a studio that displays his and his wife Sandy’s amazing pieces.
Ed Kaplan (Kaplan Pottery)
15714 Fruit Farm Rd, Amesville, OH 45711-9498

Root Vegetable Soup

2 lbs root vegetables, chopped (carrots, rutabagas, parsnips, and turnips)

1 medium onion

6 c vegetable broth

2 Tb olive oil

salt and pepper

1/2 c cream (I used whole milk)

In a large pot, saute onion in olive oil until translucent. Add vegetables and saute for 10 minutes. Add broth and simmer covered for 30 minutes. In a blend, puree soup until smooth. Put back in pot and add cream. Heat for 10 additional minutes.

5 thoughts on “Rooting for Vegetables

  1. vimmi

    I know what u mean. I too don’t like the smoky smell of paprika. I got liquid smoke for my tandoori chicken and just hated that smell too.

    The bowl is lovely, so beautiful. Great to serve the soup in.

  2. Kristi

    i admit that i don’t think i’ve ever had a rutabaga or a parsnip so this seems like a great way to try them. Thanks!


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