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Posted on / Dana Bosselmann, MA, RDN, IFNCP

Healthy Kitchen Recipes: Napa Valley Pear and Parsnip Soup with Crispy Parsnips and Sage

There is nothing better than curling up on the couch with a good book, and a warm, nourishing bowl of soup.

Our January recipe is a delicious Napa Valley ear and parsnip soup with crispy parsnips and sage that is bursting with fresh flavors. The healthy, whole ingredients like pears, parsnips, and celery stalks will provide vital nutrients and vitamins to your body in a tasty way.

To learn more about how to prepare our monthly Healthy Kitchen, Healthy You dishes, tips for home cooking, and ingredient benefits, join us live in Brilliant Health for our Cooking Show on the first Thursday of each month.

Napa Valley Pear and Parsnip Soup with Crispy
Parsnips and Sage

Makes roughly 18 portions

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  • Garlic cloves, smashed 9 ea.
  • Shallots, medium, sliced 15 ea.
  • Grapeseed or light flavored oil 6 Tbsp.
  • Celery stalk, sliced 4 ea.
  • Pears, medium, flavorful and ripe, 18 ea. peeled and diced
  • Parsnips, medium, peeled and diced 24 ea.
  • Water or vegetable stock 4 1⁄2 qt.
  • Thyme sprigs, fresh, chopped 6 ea.
  • Sage leaves, fresh, chopped 9 ea.
  • Salt 2 tsp.
  • Black pepper, ground as needed
  • Cream or half and half (optional) as needed
  • Crispy Parsnips and Sage as needed


  1. Heat the garlic and shallots in the olive oil until they begin to become translucent and aromatic.

  2. Add the celery, pears and parsnips and continue to heat until the items are all very hot.

  3. Add the water or vegetable stock.

  4. Bring to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes or until all the vegetables are completely tender with no resistance.

  5. Strain the vegetables from the broth, reserving both.

  6. Place the solid vegetables in a blender and add enough broth to cover. Blend until completely smooth and add
    broth to achieve desired soup consistency. Strain through a strainer.

  7. Reheat the soup, seasoning to taste with fresh herbs, salt and pepper, adding cream if desired.

  8. Garnish with Crispy Parsnips and Sage.


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