Sometimes a stormy Sunday evening needs nothing more than a warm and cozy soup to take the chill out of the air.  After a bit of online hunting Martha Stewart came through for me with a fantastic “Parsnip Soup with Toasted Almonds”.  It’s also really quick and easy to whip up which made it a big plus in my books.

Parsnip Soup with Toasted Almonds

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp unsalted butter
3 small Shallots, chopped
1 pound Parsnips (about 4 medium), peeled and coarsely chopped
1 small Yukon gold potato, peeled and coarsely chopped
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
3 ½ cups of water
½ cup of heavy cream
2 tbsp of sliced raw almonds 

Note: I only had almond milk on hand and so I used that in place of the heavy cream.  I also only had whole almonds and so I toasted them up and they worked perfectly fine.

Directions

Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Cook shallots, parsnips, and potato, stirring occasionally, until the almost tender, about 10 minutes.  Season with 2 teaspoons of salt.  Add water, and simmer, partially covered until vegetables are tender, 13 – 15 minutes.



Puree the mixture in a blender with cream until smooth. (For safety, remove cap from hole in lid, and cover with a dish towel to prevent spattering).  Divide soup among 4 bowls, sprinkle with almonds. Season with pepper.


I deviated just slightly and use my immersion blender and also went for the soup in the mug instead of a bowl.  I also would recommend a blanket, fire and good movie while you enjoy this soup.

Enjoy!