Monday 7 July 2014

Surprise turnip soup

A couple of weeks ago I instagrammed a piccie of a surprise turnip I had found growing in the garden, amongst our pak choi plants and I asked for suggestions for utilising our surprise addition to the larder. With ideas ranging from turnip cake (!), turnip gratin (much better) I decided to take up the suggestion of Irwin Kraus from Massachusetts of a turnip soup.

Based on a recipe from this soup provided a quick and easy supper dish which used up our surprise turnip. The recipe is easy and quick to come together just watch the amount of pepper you add as the turnip has a little heat already.

What you need
  • 1 surprise turnip (or 4 small white turnips) - peeled and chopped into cubes
  • 1 large white potato - peeled and chopped into cubes
  • Butter or vegetable oil - about a tbsp
  • 1 large onion - peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic - peeled and crushed
  • About 1/2 cup of white wine
  • Vegetable stock - about 500ml may be more
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives for decoration
What you do
  • Heat the oil / butter in a large sauce pan and add the onion, garlic and turnips, cook gently for 2 -3 minutes until the onion starts to soften a little and go see through.
  • Add the wine to the pan and simmer for a few minutes until a little reduced
  • Next add the potato and vegetable stock to the pan
  • Bring to the boil and simmer until the vegetables are softened
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, add more stock or water if required.
  • Puree with a stick blender to the desired consistency.
  • Taste and  season with salt and pepper
  • Bring back to a simmer and serve sprinkled with chopped chives

The bread pictured is gluten free and is from a fantastic bakery in Scotland - Wheat Free Bakery Direct, there bakes are amazing.

I'm linking up this to this months Credit Crunch Munch hosted this month by Maison cupcake, created by Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food 4All.


Also to No Waste Food Challenge hosted this month by Anne's Kitchen and created by Tangoraindrop.

And also to Simple and In Season this month hosted by My custard Pie and created by Ren Behan.

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Anne said...

Thank you so much for entering this month’s No Waste Food Challenge – your soup recipe looks delicious, its certainly a vegetable I am not familiar with so its good to see it can be made into something nourishing and hearty!
Keep up the great work!

Anne’s Kitchen :)

Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours said...

I love the concept of the surprise turnip! Thanks for sending this to CCM

Unknown said...

Thanks for adding these this nutritious thrify soup to Credit Crunch Munch this month.

The round up is now published at and next month's event is being hosted by Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary.

Elizabeth said...

What a great way to use up a rogue turnip! Thanks for sharing with the no waste food challenge :)

meksika said...

thanks this post very nice

Sally - My Custard Pie said...

Thanks for sending this to Simple and in Season. Who can resist a surprise - especially when transformed into something so tasty.

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