Luxurious Creamy Winter White Soup

Healthy winter comfort food

This comfort food is milk and cream free and will sing to your tastebuds as it warms your belly. It is based on a parsnip soup recipe by my friend Eve Colantoni ( The recipe evolved one rainy California winter day when I wanted something smooth, creamy, rich and satisfying after a challenging yoga practice.

1 Large yellow onion, chopped

3 medium parsnips, scrubbed and chopped (try to get parsnips that are more slender as they have superior flavor and texture)

1 cup cauliflower florets

1.5 cups water or stock

1 tbsp. ghee or butter

1tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. ground cardamom

½ tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. ground coriander

dash ground nutmeg

¾ tsp. salt (or to taste)

With the Vita-Mix:

Steam all the vegetables over water or stock until just tender. Let cool slightly, then add to the Vita-Mix with the rest of the ingredients, plus the steam water. Puree on high until smooth and creamy (about 2 minutes). The amounts above will make a thicker soup, just add more liquid if you like it thinner.

With immersion blender (hand blender):

Add the vegetables and stock or water to a soup pot. Gently bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn heat to a simmer and cook until veggies are tender, about 10-12 minutes (test with a fork).

Add all the other ingredients and puree in the pot using the immersion blender. Adjust seasonings and liquid amount to suit your preferences.

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