Roasted Pear, Parsnip and Potato Soup

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From Shape Magazine. They often have great recipes! This soup was delicately delicious!!! My grocery store didn’t have parsnips so I used turnips!


  • 3/4 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (I used 3/4 pound turnips)
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 medium leeks, stalks only, sliced (about 3 cups) and rinsed well
  • 4 cups chicken stock (I used my homemade stock)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 2 medium white or yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . On a rimmed baking sheet, toss parsnips (turnips) with garlic, 1 tablespoon oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, stirring once. Add pears to the pan and roast for 15 minutes more, until parsnips are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, add remaining 3 tablespoons oil, leeks, and a pinch of salt to a 6-quart stock pot or a Dutch oven; saute over medium-high heat until tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in stock, thyme, sage, potatoes, and roasted parsnips and pears. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Let soup cool slightly. Using an immersion blender (or carefully transferring to a regular blender in batches), puree soup, adding water as needed to thin. Drizzle with fresh herb oil if desired.


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Roasted Beet, Pistachio and Pear Salad

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Roasted Beet Salad


2 beets (about 3/4 pound)
1 cup diced Asian pear or ripe pear
1/4 cup diced celery
2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Dash of salt
Dash of ground red pepper
2 curly leaf lettuce leaves (optional)


Preheat oven to 425°.

Leave root and 1 inch of stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place beets in a small baking dish. Bake at 425° for 50 minutes or until tender. Cool. Trim off beet roots; rub off skins. Dice beets.

Combine beets, pear, celery, and pistachios in a medium bowl.

Combine juice and next 5 ingredients (juice through red pepper), stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle over beet mixture, tossing gently to coat.

Serve at room temperature or chilled on lettuce leaves, if desired.

P.S. I stood in the pouring rain with an umbrella in one hand and spatula in the other as I grilled the steak!

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