White Veggie Soup

Exactly one week ago I was impatiently waiting to catch the plane that would have taken me back to my little family (always tough to leave a nice family, especially when it includes a lovely 2-year old child). Having to travel alone for work on a weekend really was not helping the moral. On top of it I had the beginning of a cold coming over me and I was actually feeling pretty cold in the impersonal, although high-tech, airport hall. But there was something that cheered me up. And, as usual, it had to do with food.

They had a small stand by the gates selling take-away soups. I opted for “white soup”, which I drank out of a plastic container. Well… that soup was amazing.

I spent the last half hour before boarding deeply absorbed in soup-related thoughts. Happy again. What I was trying to figure out were obviously the ingredients of the white soup, in order to replicate it at home. I could clearly savor parsnip and ginger. The creaminess seemed due more to the addition of potatoes and legumes (most likely white beans) than cream. I could not taste any garlic but there was probably onion. The only colored ingredient was obviously some dried thyme floating in the off white velvety liquid.

A couple of days ago I made the soup and it truly tasted like the real thing. It was even better today, re-heated with some freshly baked bread. Yum! Just love Sundays at home.


You need: 5-6 parsnips, 3 potatoes, 1 can of white beans (drained), 1 yellow onion, one small fresh ginger, dried thyme, freshly ground white pepper, 1/2 cup vegetable (or chicken) stock, marine salt, olive oil.

How to: chop the fresh vegetables and grate the ginger. Place in a large pot (possibly with a thick bottom) and cover with water and chicken stock. Add a good sprinkle of thyme and white pepper (and a little salt). Boil, covered, until the vegetables are tender. Add the beans. Mix the soup to a smooth cream. Regulate salt and drizzle the soup with olive oil directly in the serving bowls.

CONSIDERATIONS: Soups and winter are synonyms to me. A warm, hearty, soup can turn the coldest and greyest winter day into something special. And homey. A bowl of warm soup and a slice of good bread. This is happiness to me.

PS: if you are wondering about that loaf in the background… that is my usual Sunday loaf. You find the method to make it yourself in my previous posts The Perfect Italian Sourdough Loaf and 50% Hydration Lazio Style Country Sourdough.

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  1. I’m so happy that you were able to recreate the soup and share the recipe with us. It truly sounds delicious. I hope you are feeling better.

  2. A warming and comforting soup! It must taste really good.



  3. Tasty and healthy! Nice to serve with homemade artisan bread. Love the soup bowl and saucer too.

  4. Wow–I’m so impressed that you could recreate that soup and guess at all the ingredients. I need to develop my skills in that area, because they’re woefully lacking. =) Looks delicious!

    • hi Jenna, welcome back.
      well, thank you. if I think about it I guess my ability (if I have any) derives from the constant Italian habit of discussing about food. in my family we used to have long conversations on what we were eating and on the way it was cooked, when sitting at the dinner table.
      nowadays I really miss that. eating without discussing on the food feels almost like not eating to me.

  5. hi girls, thank you so much for all your nice comments. just realized I forgot to mention one important ingredient that I used and that (I rekon) was also in the original: white beans! just updated the post.

  6. Soups and winter are synonymous to me as well–you just need something hot when it is so cold outside, and soup can be so satisfying in all it’s brothy & vegetable goodness. This sounds really, really good, especially with fresh bread. Nothing can beat homemade soup and fresh bread!

  7. It’s not cold here at the moment but it is grey and rainy so the soup certainly appeals. Our summer has gotten confused and lost it’s way.
    Gorgeous little bowl and plate for your soup.

  8. Chef Pamela

     /  December 12, 2011

    Yum! I agree with you totally, good soup, good bread, cold and dreary all go together.

    (Love the snowflakes!) ;)

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