Celeriac and parsnip are just two of those root vegetables that are made for each other. Combine them with a bit of spinach for a bright green delicious soup.

celeriac and parsnip soup

Celeriac parsnip soup with spinach

You know that moment; you open the door of the refrigerator and a lot of sad looking vegetables are staring back at you… They are anxiously waiting their turn but you’ve kept them just a tad too long. Or maybe you don’t know that feeling at all and you’re one of the rare people who manage to always buy the exact right amount of everything. Sigh… I wish I was more like you.

In any case; for me it kind of tends to go wrong. A lot. Also because I sometimes think it is completely do-able to cook ten dishes in one day. You know: cook, style and photograph (which is possible with an entire team of people but not really for me on my lonesome)

Celeriac and parsnip soup

Leftover vegetables

The vegetables I had left were the ones you can keep for a really long time to be honest; celeriac and parsnip don’t immediately wither and die but even they need to be used at some point in time and they are both delicious in a filling celeriac parsnip soup, so the choice wasn’t hard to make. I added a bit of celery to it as well and also a bag of spinach that needed to be used and we had a delicious – although not as photogenic as I would have liked – soup for dinner.

To make it a bit creamier I added a soy based cream but you can use whatever you have in the fridge. A splash of double cream or even yogurt will work well too. Keep in mind that the soup is vegan if you use the soy milk but won’t be if you change that to either yogurt or double cream.

Celeriac and parsnip soup


While it was quite filling and delicious in it’s vegetarian form, you can also add some small meat balls to it, or crumble some bacon over the top (anything gets better with bacon right?) and change the vegetables used. I like to also use a bit of coconut milk in there which will make the celeriac parsnip soup richer and the color lighter.

The soup is delicious served with some crusty bread or use these delicious puff pastry sticks.

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Celeriac parsnip soup

Celeriac parsnip soup

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Filled with vegetables, with some spinach for color and celeriac and parsnip. Add a bit of cooking cream if you like
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Prep time 15 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes

4 people


  • Immersion blender


  • 1 large onion cut finely
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 400 gr celeriac clean weight, in cubes
  • 300 gr parsnip clean weight, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 150 gram spinach
  • olive oil
  • 1 liter vegetable stock
  • pepper
  • salt
  • parsley for serving
  • some cooking cream

How to make the celeriac and parsnip soup

  • Clean all your vegetables and grab a large soup pan. Heat some olive oil and bake the onion and garlic. Add the celeriac, the celery and the parsnip to it and stir together. Fry for a bit and then add the stock to it, bring to the boil and turn the heat down.
  • Leave to simmer for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked. Add the spinach the last five minutes.
  • Puree the soup with an immersion blender.
  • Add the cream if using and stir in. Taste if you need to add any pepper and salt.
  • Serve with crusty bread!

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 1148mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4136IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 2mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist