Parsnip Soup w/ Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Great news, followers! My blog is not dead. It was simply hibernating for a bit while I figured out some pretty monumental life decisions. I wasn't feeling as creative with my cooking (and time was limited), so I remade a ton of my old recipes to make things quicker and easier. In the midst of the craziness, I quit my job at McLagan and accepted a new position at PepsiCo! It is going to be a huge change, and I am thrilled to start this next chapter. I have this week off before I start to get things organized, so I am hoping to share some great new recipes with all of you.

I was feeling very jealous of Grace and my other Boston friends who visited the Sunday SOWA market today because the farmers market here in Stamford just doesn't even compare. I go and support them every week, but I am pretty convinced that a lot of the fruits and veggies are not local. There wasn't a parsnip to be found yesterday, so I went to the grocery store to pick some up so I could experiment with a new soup. I try to make a new soup every (or every other) week in the Fall/Winter to have ready-made meals handy. This recipe is incredibly flavorful with amazing fall tastes, and the spiced pumpkin seeds add the perfect crunch.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Parsnip Soup w/ Spiced Pumpkin Seeds:

 Serves 4-5, Prep time: 20 min, Cook time: 75 min


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped,
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions/scallions, chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, chopped
  • 1 XL carrot, peeled & chopped
  • 3 XL parsnips, peeled & chopped
  • 4 cups organic chicken or veggie stock (no sugar added!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup raw organic pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat
  2. Add onion, garlic, and scallions and saute about 10 minutes until fragrant
  3. Add celery, carrots, and parsnips. Stir well to combine and cook another 5 minutes
  4. Add stock and bring to a boil
  5. Cover and reduce heat. Cook for 1 hour
  6. Meanwhile, heat 1tsp. olive oil in a small pan over medium heat
  7. Add pumpkin seeds and toss to combine
  8. After 1-2 minutes, add cinnamon, paprika, and cumin
  9. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until fragrant and then let cool
  10. When soup is done, let cool slightly and blend with immersion blender or food processor
  11. Season with salt and pepper to taste (I just added some pepper)
  12. Serve piping hot with ~1Tbsp. of spiced pumpkin seeds on top! Happy Fall :)