Curry Spiced Cauliflower Parsnip Soup ~ Savory Simple ~

You might have noticed by now that I really love making soup. I recently joined up with a local delivery CSA called From The Farmer and to my delight they’ve been sending me quite a bit of cauliflower. Cauliflower happens to be my favorite soup ingredient (and it also makes an amazing lightened up fettuccine alfredo). This past week I also received parsnips, which are not a vegetable I use on a regular basis. If you’ve never tried them before, parsnips are a root vegetable with a flavor reminiscent of carrots. This curry spiced cauliflower parsnip soup is a simple dish that marries these two vegetables perfectly.


Curry Spiced Cauliflower Parsnip Soup
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small or ½ large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • ½ head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (or more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ cup milk (use soy milk for vegan)
  1. In a large dutch oven over low heat, sweat the onion with a pinch of salt. Once the onions are soft, turn up the heat to medium and add the chopped parsnip, celery, cauliflower and apple. Cook the vegetables for a few more minutes, stirring periodically, until the cauliflower has softened up and the vegetables are beginning to caramelize.
  2. Add the stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover the pot and lower the heat. Allow the soup to simmer on low heat for one hour.
  3. Carefully ladle the soup into a blender. Puree until silky. Return the soup to the pot and add the salt, pepper, curry powder, turmeric and milk. Add additional seasoning of desired.


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  • Jenny

    This sounds amazing! I always have a few parsnips left over so I’m going to give this a try!

  • Jackie

    I love homemade soup, even in the middle of summer. I love the curry twist on the cauliflower, beautiful!

  • Georgia

    This looks like one heck of a tasty soup, Jen! Love that you added apple, too. So delicious!

  • ThisBakerGirlBlogs

    This sounds and looks delightful :-)

  • Kathryn

    This is such a beautiful bowl of soup!

  • carol

    What a lovely, sophisticated soup, Jen!

  • This American Bite – Yosef

    Typically we roast parsnips but I have started to do more with them. This sounds like a great option.

  • Averie

    Parsnips are such versatile little things…love them in soup especially! Gorgeous, Jen!

  • Marie

    The flavors in this soup sound perfect!

  • Medeja

    Sounds like a perfect cofort food!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love curry and cauliflower, perfect in a soup. I love how smooth and creamy this is!

  • Christina

    Leftovers? Yes, please! This looks incredible. I am a sucker for anything curry related so I know I will love this soup!

  • MadSCAR

    This soup is cool! Love it thanks :)

  • Carolyn

    This is a gorgeous soup, Jen. I love the slightly green colour and the ingredients and…pretty much everything!

  • Kirsten

    I enjoy discovering new ways to use the tasty food I get in my CSA farm share.
    I just wish it would start soon!
    This soup looks so comforting–though I will cheat and stick my immersion blender into it since I am not careful with hot liquids and would create a huge mess in the kitchen.

    Thanks, Jen!

  • Joanne

    Cauliflower and parsnips are two of my favorite veggies and I love that you’ve paired them together in this soup! The curry infusion is the perfect flavor profile for them!

  • Erika

    I love anything curry…this soup looks amazing..

  • Tieghan

    I love curry and this soup looks crazy good!

  • ashley – baker by nature

    You’re magical with soups, Jen!

  • Heidi

    I still have 2 heads of cauliflower in my fridge. You just gave me the recipe for one.

  • kristy

    I love easy, healthy soups like this that pack in so much flavor! I’ll be the leftovers are even better!

  • Anna

    Today is the perfect day for a soup. I love that you used parsnips! I think this veggie doesn’t get the love it deserves! Stunning photos!

  • Tracy

    I love it….. will make soon

  • Gerry

    I’ not much of a soup drinker but I love spice and cauliflower so I could do some damage here :)

  • Jennifer

    I have been in the mood for curry lately. This so soup looks so creamy and delicious. I love the apple in it too!

  • Kiran

    Yum! I love the added spices here. Ginger would be yummy too :)

  • Valerie

    It’s a chilly, windy, spring day – I could really use a bowl of this beautiful soup!

  • Julia

    Cauliflower soup sounds so delicious! Yum! Pinned!

  • Laura Dembowski

    Cauliflower is by far one of my favorite vegetables. It is so versatile. I can’t wait to make your fettuccini again and soup is also on my to do list. Love curry and turmeric with cauliflower too

  • Lorraine

    Cauliflower also has that wonderfully creamy property too which is so fabulous! :D

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh, this soup looks so warm and inviting :) I bet it tastes amazing! I love curry and parsnips!

  • Terra

    I do love the idea of putting cauliflower and parsnip together! Your soup sounds really delicious! Hugs, Terra

  • Sonnet

    So excited to have just found your blog via Foodgawker! I love using cauliflower in soups and this one looks like a great combo. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Yay, I’m glad you found me! I can’t wait to check out your blog. I used to work at a cooking school called For The Love of Food. It’s meant to be!

  • Elizabeth

    This soup is just what I need!