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Rustic Autumn Soup

This recipe is a great way to use the harvest of fall. The rich, velvety soup makes a special first course, and the flavors of root vegetables really shine with a subtle sweetness from apple. —Denice Hageli, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    13 servings (3-1/4 quarts)


  • 5 medium parsnips, chopped
  • 5 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium turnip, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted sweet red pepper
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • Optional garnish: additional cooked finely chopped carrots, parsnips and/or apples, fresh chives


  • In a Dutch oven, combine the first 14 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Discard bay leaves. Cool slightly.
  • In a blender, process soup in batches until smooth. Return all to the pan; add cream and heat through. Garnish with additional cooked vegetables and/or apples and chives.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 134 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 384mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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