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Creamy Turnip Soup
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“In this recipe, the humble turnip is transformed into a rich turnip soup made creamy with just 1 tablespoon of butter. Serve it as a starter or side soup. The mini salad on top is optional, but we love the bit of texture from the greens and pop of flavor from the vinaigrette.”
4 medium turnips (about 1½ pounds) plus 1½ cups thinly sliced turnip greens or spinach, divided
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, sliced
½ teaspoon dried rosemary
½ teaspoon salt plus a pinch, divided
¼ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper plus a pinch, divided
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
¼ cup shredded carrot
2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallion greens
2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar
1Peel and slice turnips. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the turnips, rosemary, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon white pepper; stir to combine. Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, for 10 minutes.
2Add broth, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the turnips are tender, 10 to 12 minutes more.
3Meanwhile, toss the turnip greens (or spinach) in a medium bowl with carrot, scallion greens, vinegar, the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and pinch of salt and pepper.
4Puree the soup in the pan using an immersion blender or transfer to a regular blender and blend until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Serve each portion of soup topped with a generous ¼ cup of the salad.