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Spiced Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup From The Irish Granny’s Pocket Farmhouse Potato Recipes

The two sweetest root vegetables are combined here in a delicious parsnip and sweet potato soup – the sweetness is cut with plenty of black pepper and a hint of chilli.

Serves 4


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large leek, sliced
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 450 g/1 lb sweet potatoes, diced
  • 250 g/8 oz parsnips, diced
  • 900 ml/1½ pints vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • salt


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the leek, celery, sweet potatoes and parsnips and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft. Add the pepper and chilli flakes and season to tase with salt.
  3. Remove from the heat and, using a handheld blender, blend the soup until smooth. Return to the heat and bring to just below boiling point. Serve immediately.
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Spiced parnsip and sweet potato soup recipe from Irish Granny’s Pocket Farmhouse Potato Recipes by Fiona Biggs is published by Gill Books and is available in all good bookshops, price €5.99. Photography by Ben Potter.
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