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Creamy Potato and Turnip Soup


Turnips, anyone? Yuck? That’s what we thought too until we tried this potato and turnip soup.

Fair warning, it’s not a quick meal to prepare because the turnips need to boil a bit. The result: a soup so velvety and so good! Getting your children to eat it and enjoy as much as you do is a plus! Getting your snarky teen to eat it and enjoy are goals! So go ahead and try it for yourself and let us know what you think!


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  • 5 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 4 medium turnips quartered
  • 2 slices of bacon (raw)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 shallot (raw), chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon spicy paprika
  • 5 cup(s) chicken stock with 1 chicken bouillon cube (vegetable stock)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup, 2 % milk (soy, almond, rice or skim as alternatives work fine)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon, crème fraîche or fresh cream
  • 1 squeeze lemon
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Carolyn Moncel

Carolyn Davenport-Moncel is a digital media and communication consultant, author, mother, contrarian, book, music and reformed veggie lover and Founder and Souper-in-Chief at Simply Souperlicious, a platform devoted to helping fans "fall back in love with veggies" -- one local, seasonal, soup recipe at a time. Follow her veggie and soup journey on social media @simplysouperlicious.

by Carolyn Moncel
  • Prep 25min
  • Cook60min
  • Meal Time Lunch
  • Serves 4


  1. Bring chicken stock to a boil. Add bacon, balsamic vinegar, and bay leaves to the stock. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 20 minutes.
  2. Chop potatoes, turnips, red onions, carrots, leeks, garlic, shallots, and mushrooms.
  3. Add vegetable mixture to the boiling chicken stock and continue cooking on low heat for 1 hour.
  4. Near the end of cook time (ten minutes), remove the bay leaves.
  5. Remove the soup mixture from heat and cool for roughly 5 minutes before transferring to a blender.
  6. Add milk and cream to the mixture in the blender. Blend to desired consistency.
  7. Re-add the soup to the kettle and add a splash of lemon juice. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Finish off with the final sprig of parsley and serve in a bowl.

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