Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Turnip and Leek soup with Orange Gremolata

So as I'm checking out of the grocery store the other day, the cashier shoves a monthly coupon book into one of my bags. Typically its filled with coupons for items I don't use, as well as a seasonal recipe that's completely lame. Something like ghost brownies. This would mean brownies cut into squares, a scoop of marshmallow fluff on top, with 2 black jelly beans stuck in the fluff so the lil fellow can see. Well something or someone changed their approach this month. This months coupon book featured Turnip and Leek Soup with Orange Gremolata. After rolling my eyes for so long, I decided to give this soup a try. I'm so happy I did. It was beautiful to look at, and quite tasty. Even my non turnip loving guests seemed to enjoy it. The orange gremolata adds a delicious freshness, something I never would have thought of adding.

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound turnips(try to find small young ones) peeled and diced to 1 inch cubes
  • 1 medium leek diced
  • 1 large potato peeled and diced to 1 inch cubes
  • 5 to 6 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Kosher salt ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of milk


About 1/3 of an orange zested, 4 stems Italian parsley 1 diced garlic clove

Heat oil in large sauce pan. Add turnips, diced leek and potatoes. Cook for about 20 minutes, till vegetables appear tender and begin to brown. Add broth, tomato paste and S and P. Bring to a simmer , cook 15 to 20 minutes longer. Remove 1 cup of vegetables. Using an immersion blender puree remaining soup,add milk to pureed soup.

For gremolata finely chop orange zest parsley and garlic.

To serve, ladle soup into wide shallow bowls. Place large spoonful of reserved vegetables in middle, sprinkle gremolata on top. Enjoy.


  1. This looks divine, and I also have been surprised at store recipes over the past few years. They are stepping up to the plate finally!

  2. This sounds delicious. n my neck of the woods, the recipes from grocery stores are also coming through! It's a grand way to sell thier food. Now. I want some of that soup please.

  3. What a beautiful dish! I have found some wonderful recipes in grocers recently. Thank you for visiting my site. www.sjgourmet.com, I hope to see you again.

  4. Love when this happens!

  5. Hey, figtree, I thought I'd check out your post! What a great site. I'm adding you as a link in mine :).

  6. That looks lovely and I bet it's tasty too! I love turnips, what a great way to use them.

  7. I had to laugh when you described the recipes they usually feature...too funny!

    This is such a gorgeous soup, and I bet the gremolata gives it such a fantastic burst of flavor!

  8. I wanted to add that I think you are very creative, but I especially like the dishes that are animal-friendly. :-) I'm going to keep checking out your site; thanks for blogging!

  9. I so love turnips beautifully combined with yummie leeks!!

    And to top that lovelyness with orange gremolata, is jiust divine & oh so super healthy!

  10. You made me smile about your comments in the recipes from the supermarket and the coupons. I really wish you could trade the junk food coupons for veggies or fruit. Hey! Thanks for the "I would never buy that food coupon" but I will take the turnips instead. Wouldn't that be nice?

    I will have to tried this soup the weather here is screaming: soup please. The idea of the gremolata intrigue my taste buds.

  11. orange gremolata? Such a fancy schmancy name! And looks fabulous!

  12. This soup has amazing color! I can imagine the orange does add wonderful flavor!

  13. The orange gremolata with this soup sounds really good. ~Interesting combination of flavors!

  14. what a great combo of flavors! i love turnips and feel that they are always underused in cooking. this is such a great and creative way to use them! thanks for sharing.