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Creamy Root Veggie Soup

On chilly nights, we fill the pot with parsnips and celery root for a smooth, creamy soup. Garlic, bacon and fresh thyme make it even better. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large celery root, peeled and cubed (about 5 cups)
  • 6 medium parsnips, peeled and cubed (about 4 cups)
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Additional minced fresh thyme


  • In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Cook and stir onion in bacon drippings 6-8 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Add celery root, parsnips, stock and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 30-40 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf.
  • Puree soup using an immersion blender. Or, cool slightly and puree in batches in a blender; return to pan. Stir in cream, 2 teaspoons thyme, salt, pepper and nutmeg; heat through. Top servings with bacon and additional thyme.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 295 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 851mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 6g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Amelia
    Dec 18, 2020

    This soup is so easy to make and is delishious. Nice warm homemade crusty bread tops it off!!

  • sewhere
    Oct 3, 2019

    What is celery root?

  • Cindy
    Dec 29, 2018

    Could you make this in an instant potplease [email protected]

  • suefalk
    Oct 27, 2017

    This recipe was a pleasant surprise. Delicious! I was looking for a new preparation to my pan-fried parsnips. It didn't disappoint.

  • cbenne12
    Nov 4, 2015

    Absolutely delicious! I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe.

  • KelliHill
    Jan 18, 2015

    This soup was good, had a sweeter flavor than I expected.

  • MissAshley21
    Dec 8, 2014

    This soup was delicious. I decided to add ham along with the bacon. The first time around that i made this, there were too many complaints about there not being enough meat. Great recipe.