Parsnip and apple soup

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Parsnip and apple soup

To serve

  • Parmesan, or vegetarian hard cheese, grated to taste
  • crusty bread
1
Start the parsnip and apple soup by peeling and quartering the parsnips, ensuring you remove any woody centres. Peel and finely chop the onion, then peel, core and quarter the apples
2
Heat the butter in a heavy-based saucepan until it starts to foam. Add the onions and cook gently without browning for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • 50g of butter
3
Add the parsnips and apples and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes
4
Pour in the milk to cover the ingredients and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, until the parsnips are tender
  • 1000ml of semi skimmed milk
5
Remove the parsnip and apple soup from the heat and pour in the cream. Reheat on a gentle heat, stirring continuously. Once added the single cream to the soup you must not boil as this will cause the soup to curdle.
  • 150ml of single cream
6
Purée the parsnip and apple soup in a liquidizer, then pass it through a fine sieve. Season to taste with salt and pepper then serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and some warm crusty bread
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