Beetroot, pomegranate and parsnip soup recipe

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This beautifully coloured soup is delicious with a chunk of bread; it's vegan, but vegetarians and meat eaters will love this vegetable soup recipe too...

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  • healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Serves4
SkillEasy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Five A DayTwo
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories158 Kcal8%
Fat5.4 g8%

This beautifully coloured beetroot, pomegranate and parsnip soup is delicious served with a chunk of freshly baked bread. 

It's vegan, but vegetarians and meat eaters are sure to love it too. Beetroot is a great source of iron and folate and it’s said to help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and even prevent dementia. Pomegranate is full of vitamins A and C, as well as iron and other antioxidants. Parsnip gives this soup a lovely texture and makes it a really filling meal, while the veg also contains potassium, zinc and a whole range of vitamins. So making a big pot of this soup will help you stay healthy this week.

Ingredients

  • 1tbsp light olive oil
  • 75g (3oz) onion, finely chopped
  • 175g (6oz) carrots, diced
  • 150g (5oz) parsnips, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ tsp ground coriander
  • 800ml (1⅓ pints) light stock
  • 350g (12oz) cooked beetroot (not in vinegar), sliced
  • 4tsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 pomegranate

To garnish:

  • 4tbsp soya yogurt
  • 2tbsp walnut pieces (optional)

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Method

  1. To make this superfood recipe (opens in new tab), heat the oil in a large saucepan and sweat the onion, carrot and parsnip for 5 mins until it starts to soften. Add the coriander and cook for a further 2 mins.
  2. Add the stock and beetroot. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 mins, adding 2 tsp of dill for the last 2 or 3 mins.
  3. Cut the pomegranate in half and extract the juice using a lemon squeezer. Blend the soup and add the juice to taste (up to 4 tbsp).
  4. Garnish with the yoghurt, walnut pieces and remaining 2 tsp chopped dill. Serve with walnut bread or granary or rye rolls (bread is optional and not included in calorie/fat count).