As we start to move into winter, the cooler weather brings with it a natural inclination for warmer foods. Slow-cooked dishes, casseroles and stewed fruit are meals that are lovely to have over the winter period. Some of my favourite warming meals to have are nourishing soups.
Pea & Parsnip Soup with Basil Oil
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 Litre chicken broth/stock
- 2 cups of water
- 3 parsnips (400gm), peeled, thinly sliced
- 500gm frozen peas
- Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 bunch basil, leaves picked
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- Sea salt to taste
Method – Soup
- Heat olive oil in saucepan and cook onion until soft but not brown.
- Add water, stock and parsnips and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes or until parsnips are tender. Stir in peas and cook for 3 minutes.
- Puree soup with a stick blender in the pot or in a food processor in batches until smooth.
Method – Basil Oil
- Place garlic and basil into a food processor until finely chopped.
- Add oil and seasalt (to taste) process until combined.
- Place in a container with a lid until ready to serve (otherwise it can discolour).
Ladle soup into bowls. Dollop and swirl with basil oil. Drizzle with a little oil.
Written by Tina Jenkins
Tina is a Naturopath at Fertile Ground Health Group. Download a free copy of her Super Soups RecipEbook for a range of her Winter warming soup recipes.
If you’re looking for Naturopathic help with your diet, lifestyle, or a specific condition/s, feel welcome to book in for a consultation with Tina.