Vegan parsnip soup with miso

Vegan parsnip soup with miso

vegan parsnip soup miso

How are you guys doing? Hope you enjoyed your weekend? We spent most of ours working, but we managed to sneak out to the cinema (you might have seen our Insta stories) to see ‘Lady Bird’ (which I loved) and for some nice food afterwards. We really missed the ritual of going to the cinema while living on Paros so we are making up for it now and luckily there are lots of new films we want to see.

Today’s post is my final one before I get my ass on a plane to Krakow to see my family and friends. I haven’t been home for over a year as getting there from Paros was a bight of a mission, but, to my mum’s delight, I’m hoping to make up for it now. I figured that the best way to do family visits is often, but short and sweet as then we are still on good terms by the end of it 😉 , so I’m planning to see my folks a bit more often now.

I’m really looking forward to this trip minus the forecasted cold weather as I am really not used to it anymore (especially after living in Greece) and do not even own warm enough clothes for double digits minus (which is around 14° F for those of you who are in Mr Fahrenheit’s camp). I’ve cobbled together enough layers that I think will keep me sufficiently warm (it’s not pretty but staying warm is my main focus), but to be honest it is always way colder than I am expecting. I’m bracing myself and hoping not to return with a cold.

I look forward to seeing my fam, my friends and having some lovely vegan food again. In case you haven’t been yet, Krakow is a surprisingly vegan-friendly city, with plenty of lovely vegan food options – I will try to post some stories if I am not too busy scoffing stuff 😛 .

Meanwhile, here is a simple midweek fare of parsnip soup flavoured with my best friend, miso. It’s super simple yet delicious, velvety smooth and filling. Perfect winter food. It goes well with crunchy and slightly salty sourdough croutons or toasted seeds seasoned with salt and chilli, or crunchy kale chips and a drizzle of chilli oil. Or all of them at once, if you are greedy like me! 😛

vegan parsnip soup miso bowl

15 min
45 min
15 min
45 min
  • 1 kg / 2.2 lb parsnips
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large shallots or 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 2 packed tsp finely grated ginger
  • 4 tbsp / ¼ cup white / shiro miso*
  • 1 litre / 4 cups water or salt-free veggie stock
  • 1 vegan stock cube (if not using stock)
  • 1-2 tbsp rice wine vinegar or lime juice, adjust to taste
  • soy sauce (or tamari if GF) or salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp hot chilli powder or cayenne pepper


  • olive oil
  • 4 slices of sourdough bread, cubed
  • 4 tbsp / ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 large curly kale leaves
  • salt
  • chilli (powder or flakes) or cayenne pepper
  • chilli oil (homemade or shop-bought), to drizzle
  1. Top and tail and peel your parsnips. You can either steam them or bake them. The former allows you to use less oil, the latter brings out a bit more flavour as the parsnips get caramelised nicely in the oven.
  2. If steaming, bring a pot of water to a gentle simmer. Chop your parsnips into thick slices and place in a steamer (I use a bamboo one) over a pot of gently simmering water. Allow about 20 minutes for the parsnips to cook, check if they are ready by piercing a few pieces with a sharp knife or a skewer. If you have lots of small parsnips and a small steamer like I do, you may need to do this in two batches.
  3. If you are baking your parsnips, chop them into equal size chunks and place in a bowl. Coat with about 1 tbsp of oil. Preheat the oven to 200° C / 390° F and line a baking tray with a piece of baking paper.
  4. Spread the oiled parsnip pieces on the prepared baking tray making sure the pieces do not overlap. Turn the pieces over halfway through the baking time. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until fully cooked and lightly caramelised.
  5. Heat up 2 tbsp of oil in a pot on a low-medium flame. Throw in diced shallots (or onion). Cook them for a few minutes, until very lightly caramelised. Add in garlic and ginger. Keep on stirring the mixture frequently so that the aromatics don’t burn. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on a very low heat.
  6. Meanwhile, whisk miso paste with 240 ml (1 cup) of water in a small bowl. Set aside.
  7. Pour 240 ml (1 cup) of water or stock to the bottom of the pot with the aromatics to deglaze the pan.
  8. Place the cooked parsnips, caramelised aromatics and dissolved miso paste in a blender. You may need to do it in two goes like I did, if your blender is too small. Blend until super smooth.
  9. If not using stock, dissolve a stock cube in 480 ml (2 cups) of lukewarm water.
  10. Put blended soup back into the pot, add remaining 480 ml (2 cups) of stock or water with a stock cube dissolved in it. If the soup is too thick, add a bit more water to get the soup to a consistency you like.
  11. Warm the soup up gently (don’t let the soup boil as excessive heat destroys the nutritional properties of the miso paste), season with acid (rice wine vinegar or lime juice), some soy sauce (or tamari or salt) if needed and a pinch of cayenne or chilli if using.
  12. Serve topped with a topping of your choice. See below.


  1. Heat up 1 tbsp of oil in a non-stick frying pan. Once the oil gets hot, add cubed sourdough bread.
  2. Gently fry, stirring frequently, until the bread cubes get golden on most sides.
  3. Sprinkle with some salt and set aside.


  1. Heat up 1 tsp of oil in a non-stick frying pan, once the oil gets hot, add your seeds.
  2. Gently fry, stirring the whole time until the seeds get a bit of colour.
  3. Stir in some salt and chilli flakes or cayenne pepper. Take off the heat.


  1. Preheat the oven to 100° C / 210° F fan forced (120° C / 250° F no fan) and line a baking tray with a piece of baking paper. The fan-forced setting will render better results so use it if your oven offers it.
  2. Remove the stems from the kale leaves and divide the kale into smaller pieces. Rub a tiny bit of olive oil into each piece.
  3. Place the kale pieces on the prepared baking tray, making sure the individual pieces do not touch. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until crispy but still vibrant green. Sprinkle with salt and chilli (if using).

*These days you can find varieties of gluten-free miso if you would like to keep this dish gluten-free.

14 g
12 g
1 g
12 g
51 g
*per serving
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6 reviews, 10 comments
If I don’t have miso, what else can I use in its place?
    Hi, unfortunately miso is quite unique and so I cannot recommend a substitute, but you could improvise with other flavours - nutritional yeast and roasted garlic are two that spring to mind! Ania
Amazing soup!! Very unique combination resulting in a perfect winter soup. We had it with fresh crusty sourdough bread, just awesome.
    Thank you, I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed it. x Ania
Yvette McPhail:
I have made this soup many times since the review above and each time followed the recipe EXACTLY. The first time I was unfamiliar with the flavours and tried to adjust. It really is perfect as it is
    Thanks for your kind words, Yvette! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed it! Ania
stock cube and miso paste made this soup super salty, I read the note about non-salty stock but not for the cube (are there any non-salty cubes at all?), so now my soup tastes like the sea :(
    Hi Marina,
    I am sorry to hear that, but I am a little surprised - is it too salty before you added any salt/soy sauce/tamari? I will add a note about the stock cube needing to be low salt. Ania
Helen B:
I too love parsnips and miso - would never have thought of pairing them together until now, so thanks for this fab inspiration.
I made this for lunch yesterday as I had some parsnips languishing in the bottom of the fridge. I steamed them as they were a bit old and thought this would make them less dehydrated. Rather than use onions I also had a couple of leeks that I used in place of them. I used my high speed blender to bring it all together. It makes a delicious smooth soup which I served with seeds and some broccoli sprouts for a fresh nutritious crunch. Yummy!
    Thanks for kind words, Helen! I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed it! Ania
Made the soup on the weekend. I love roast parsnip but the soup was a little unfamiliar , taste-wise, to me. Kind of tart and a little too veggie tasting. I added extra miso paste and it came together really nicely. I would just adjust the miso at the end rather than add anything else. I recommend highly! (served toasted paleo bread with the soup)
    Thanks Yvette, I'm glad you adjusted it to your taste and enjoyed it overall. Ania
I made this tonight for the first time for my parents. My dad hates parsnips, so I really didn't know what to expect. He adored this soup! Was blown away, he called it phenomenal, said it could easily be served in a fancy restaurant, and stated that you have an amazing talent at pairing flavors after I revealed you to be behind the Thai inspired squash soup as well. :) I don't usually comment on recipes but wanted you to know!
    I'm delighted to hear that, Kiara! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such lovely feedback. Ania
I love parsnip anything. I think miso would add a wonderful flavor and dimension to this soup. Looks fantastic
    Thanks Jyothi! :) Ania
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