Yid.Dish: Root Vegetable Soup with Honey-Crisped Walnuts

By Leah Koenig

Published June 30, 2005.
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Serves 4 to 6 people

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 pound onions, roughly chopped (about 4 cups)

4 to 6 peeled garlic cloves

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger

Sea salt or kosher salt

2 pounds assorted winter root vegetables, such as rutabaga, carrot, parsnip, turnip, celery root, and sunchokes, peeled and roughly chopped (about 8 cups)

2 teaspoons fennel seeds, lightly toasted and finely ground

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

6 cups water or vegetable stock

1 cup heavy cream or half and half ( from a grass fed cow please)

Freshly ground black pepper

Chopped fresh parsley, for serving

Honey-Crisped Walnuts, for serving

1) Heat the oil and butter in a heavy, 4 to 5 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, and 1 teaspoon salt and stir well. Cover the pan and simmer over medium-low heat until the garlic and onions are soft and juicy, 15 to 20 minutes.

2) Add the root vegetables, ground fennel, and turmeric. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the stock or water and bring to a boil.

3) Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are completely tender and crush easily against the side of the pan, 30 to 40 minutes. Add the cream and simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Using an immersion blender (or working carefully in batches in a food processor or stand blender), purée the soup until smooth, then season with black pepper and additional salt, as desired.

4) Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley, and honey-crisped walnuts.

Honey-Crisped Walnuts

Sweet, crunchy roasted walnuts are the perfect accompaniment to everything from breakfast yogurt to salads, cheese platters, and creamy root vegetable soups.

Makes about 1 cup

1 teaspoon unsalted butter

1 cup walnut halves and pieces

3 tablespoons honey

Fine sea salt

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2) Rub a small baking dish or pie plate with the butter. Add the walnuts and drizzle evenly with the honey. Roast, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden brown, 13 to 14 minutes.

3) Scrape the walnuts onto a plate, season lightly with salt, and let cool. The walnuts will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.


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