Start of Soup Season
One of my inspirations for preparing my Parsnip Butternut Squash Bisque for this weeks podcast actually was last weeks podcast! When Elizabeth Fraser was putting together her Ginger Snap Breakfast Smoothie (if you haven’t seen the episode you should be sure to tune in) and added fresh ginger to the fruits and veggies, I was reminded of how much peppery warmth ginger adds to even the most simple recipes, and how much I like it. I’ve been making this bisque for years, sometimes swapping out the squash with carrots, pumpkin or when the Farmers market has an abundance of smallish to medium parsnips I’ll just let them fly solo. The extra large parsnips can be a bit woody, so stick with the smallish sizes! Here are a couple of things about this soup that you might want to keep in mind or try. If you follow the TV series “Totally Vegetarian” or the Vegez podcasts, you’ll know that I’m a big proponent of taking one recipe (especially one as easy and delicious as this bisque) and then modify it with a few tweaks. I’ll share some suggestions that I happen to like a lot. Adding a fresh fall apple or two along with the squash gives this parsnip bisque a really nice gentle sweetness, especially paired with the spicy ginger. Although my soups are typically low in fat (this recipe uses only two to three tablespoons of vegan margarine or olive oil) you can make it virtually fat free. Preheat your oven to 350. Take your diced veggies, toss them in about 1 tablespoon of oil and a sprinkle of salt. Spread on a baking sheet and roast until tender. Meanwhile heat your stock. When the veggies can be easily pierced with a fork (about 25 minutes) add them to the blender bowl along with the stock and process until smooth. I made a big pot of this soup just prior to vacation and put a few servings in the freezer. It’s best defrosted in the fridge and reheated on the stove versus the microwave. Add a little water if the bisque seems thick. We just had this yesterday for dinner along with a crispy vegetable pizza. So warm and wonderful!