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Pear And Parsnip Soup

I had a great crop of pears this year and so decided to enjoy them in a hearty, rustic soup combining a creamy blend of parsnips, pears, onions and garlic.

I've always found that parsnips have a distinct, almost spicy taste whilst the pears have a subtle sweetness, giving this delicious soup a lovely contrasting flavour. 

For me, I find soups are a great way to stay warm during the cold season, and this soup is smooth, delicious and perfect for a chilly Autumn day. I laid this down to my boys the other day and had two clean plates so that must be a huge thumbs up!

Gill x

Preparation Time:
15 minutes
Cooking Time:
20 minutes
Serves: 6


  • 25g butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 600g parsnips, chopped
  • 600g pears, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 150ml crème fraiche (optional)
  • salt and pepper to season


    1. Melt the butter and oil in a pan.
    2. Gently fry the onions and parsnip for 10 minutes until the onions soften.
    3. Add the celery, crushed garlic and pears and cook for another few minutes, stirring.
    4. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce to simmer for about 15 minutes or until the parsnips are soft.
    5. Remove from the heat and season well.  Blend with a hand blender until smooth.
    6. Add crème fraiche and season to taste again. Top with some freshly cut chives.



    I've done Carrot and Orange Soup, but Pear and Parsnip is a new one on me and I can't wait to try it.

    Gill's photographs of the pears hanging in ripe abundance from the trees all teh way through to the empty bowl from her boys reminds me why we started this blog in the first place. This is about finding a local voice for the keen cooks, kitchen table gardeners and passionate lovers of food.

    Eating food in season, exploring new ways with ingredients and sharing ideas is one of the most satisying and pleasurable parts of my job. I love it.

    So please, do share this with your friends, and share your photographs and ideas with us. We'd love to see them. As always, tag the #PerthLoveFest and we'll scatter them around our own social media. 

    Happy Soup Slurping,

    Nicki X