Christmas Feast Countdown Day 1 – Creamy Parsnip Soup with Thyme and White Wine

A week until Christmas and I’m so excited to announce my dinner menu! I’ll be posting every day this week with the following dishes:

Creamy Parsnip Soup with Thyme and White Wine
Avocado Caprese Bites
Smoked Red Pepper Kale Salad
Shredded Brussels with Chestnuts
Carrot Ginger Martinis
Dark Chocolate Kabocha Moussecakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

To kick the week off…

Creamy Parsnip Soup with Thyme and White Wine


2 large parsnips
2 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbsp organic butter
1 cup white wine
1 tbsp fresh thyme
salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp cream (optional)
water for blending

Warm butter and garlic over medium heat. Add chopped parsnips and saute a few more minutes. Pour in white wine and cook until wine is gone. Add parsnip mixture to blender with thyme, apple cider vinegar, and cream if using. Add enough water to get it blending, more if you want to thin it out. Add salt and pepper to taste, red pepper flakes for some kick.

I spent the day in the kitchen (with Christmas music, of course) making treats for the family courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie. For the past few years I’ve baked up a storm to fill boxes with healthy-ish holiday treats for the fam and tomorrow there will be Chocolate Lace Cookies and Samoa Fudge Babies (two of my favorites, highly recommended!) headed their way.
I’d love to hear what’s on your holiday menu this year!


Filed under Recipes, soup

8 responses to “Christmas Feast Countdown Day 1 – Creamy Parsnip Soup with Thyme and White Wine

  1. Mmmmmm, those mashed parsnips sound soooooo good!! I want to make some right now!

  2. Anne Gordon

    Hey Rande — Your holiday menu sounds fabulous! I’m looking forward to getting your next few posts with some of the other recipes on the list! I love your idea of making treats ahead of time for your family! I had just about given up on the idea of making some healthy desserts at my mom’s this Christmas since I won’t have the kitchen equipment I’ve come to take for granted; never occurred to me to make somethings in my own kitchen before we head out of town! Question: I checked out the Girl-Scout Fudge Babies but noted that the chocolate sauce drizzled on top wasn’t in the recipe. Do you know what she generally uses?

  3. your holiday spirit is both humbling and obnoxious lol. just playing. i’m such a scrooge right now though. blahhh.

  4. Hi! I found your blog today and so glad! This recie sounds simply delicious! Look forward to more recipes.

  5. Tina

    I made the parsnip soup with turnips instead and it was delicious!

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