Turnip Soup RecipeThe humble turnip can be overlooked and underrated. If you're not already a fan of this flavorful root vegetable, this classic turnip soup might surprise you. Baby turnips will have a sweeter flavor than the bigger, more mature turnips which can have a tendency to be a little bit bitter.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 1 lb baby turnips (about 12 baby turnips)
- 1 medium Russet (or other starchy) potato
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 1 qt vegetable broth or stock
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Ground white pepper, to taste
- Trim the greens off the turnips and reserve about a cup of the greens. Cut the turnips into (roughly) same-sized pieces, about ½ inch to 1 inch thick, depending on diameter. Don't worry about precision — the soup is going to be puréed anyway. We just want the pieces to be of uniform size so that they cook evenly.
- Peel the potato and cut it into pieces about the same size as the turnips.
- In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat the butter over a low-to-medium heat.
- Add the onion, garlic and turnips and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is slightly translucent, stirring more or less continuously.
- Add the wine and cook for another minute or two or until the wine seems to have reduced by about half.
- Add the stock and the potato. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the turnips and potatoes are soft enough that they can easily be pierced with a knife. Don't let them get mushy, though.
- Meanwhile, wash and dry the reserved turnip greens, then finely chop them and sauté in a pan with a little bit of oil or butter until they're tender and wilted. Season with a bit of Kosher salt and set aside.
- Remove from heat and purée in a blender, working in batches if necessary.
Tip: Use care when processing hot items in a blender as the hot steam can sometimes blow the blender lid off. Start on a slow speed with the lid slightly ajar to vent any steam, then seal the lid and increase the blending speed.
- Return puréed soup to pot and bring to a simmer again, adding more broth or stock to adjust the thickness if necessary.
- Stir in the sautéed turnip greens. Season to taste with Kosher salt and white pepper and serve right away.
- Stir ¼ cup hot cream into the soup just before serving.