Roast Shallot and Parsnip Soup with Browned Sage Butter

by Waitrose Magazine
Roast Shallot and Parsnip Soup with Browned Sage Butter


450g parsnips, thickly sliced
200g shallots, halved (or quartered if large)
2 tbsp olive oil
1.3 litres fresh vegetable stock
100ml single cream
50g unsalted butter
1 large garlic clove, sliced
8 small sage leaves


1.Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Toss the parsnips and shallots with the oil in a roasting tin; season. Cover with foil and roast for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, stir well and roast for a further 15 minutes, stirring halfway, until golden.

2. Set the roasting tin over a medium heat, add the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a blender with the cream and blitz in 2-3 batches until very smooth. Season and reheat gently in a large pan, loosening with a little extra water, if needed.

3. Melt the butter in a small pan over a low heat. Heat until it begins to bubble and turns a shade darker, then spoon off and discard the largest white milk solids. The butter should begin to smell nutty. Add the garlic and sage and fry very gently for about 2-3 minutes, until the garlic just begins to brown lightly and the sage shrivels. Serve the soup in warmed bowls with the garlic and sage butter spooned over.

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