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Parsnip & Pear Soup

Parsnip & Pear Soup

- Courtesy of the Quesnel Farmers' Market.

A classic parsnip and pear soup perfect for autumn. There are many variations on parsnip and pear soups. You can add apples, try different spice combinations like ginger and black pepper, or simply use rosemary, sage & thyme and a dallop of cream. Here is how the Quesnel Market suggests preparing their soup:


  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 1 onion (medium to large)

  • 2 large carrots
2 large parsnips

  • 2-3 pears

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

  • 4 1/2 cups water


  1. Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add diced onions, carrots, parsnips and pears in this order. You can add the onions, sauté them while cutting the carrots, sauté them while cutting the parsnips, sauté them while cutting the pears and then sauté the whole bunch for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add the salt, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and transfer to a soup pot.
  4. Add the water. Cover and bring to a boil.
  5. Then lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes, until vegetables are soft.
  6. Mash with a potato masher for a coarse soup or puree for a smooth soup.

You can find more recipes from the Quesnel Farmers' Market on their website.