Creamy Rutabaga Soup Recipe

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I attended a dinner party where this smooth, nutty soup was served as an appetizer in demitasse cups. No one guessed that rutabagas were the main ingredient.—Cappy Hall Rearick, St. Simons Island, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cups cubed peeled rutabagas (about 2 medium)
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 5-1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Sour cream and minced fresh chives

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 169 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 696mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Add the rutabagas, rice, water and 2-1/2 cups broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 25-35 minutes or until rutabagas are tender.
  2. In a blender, cover and process soup in batches until smooth. Return all to the pan. Stir in the milk, salt, pepper and remaining broth; heat through (do not boil). Garnish servings with sour cream and chives. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Creamy Rutabaga Soup in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p14

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Crazyforsoup User ID: 8513083 231879
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2015

"Bland and pasty. Had to add liquid to keep from burning to bottom of pot."

torgers1234 User ID: 7052884 111395
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"I made this for Thanksgiving thinking there would be plenty left over! Boy was I wrong! This was gobbled up in no time! Fantastic flavor and I don't like rutabagas!!!"

MildredPierce User ID: 6511026 187905
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"This soup is amazing! Easily in my top 5 soups ever-the family loved it. I added 1/4 cup more water as the rutabaga and rice were cooking because I was afraid there wasn't enough liquid. I also used 1 can of 2% cream instead of the whole milk."

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