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Spiced Root Vegetable Soup

Nothing beats soup and homemade bread on a cold winter’s night… This hearty root vegetablesoup feels creamy without the cream. It is healthy, warming, has subtle spicy undertones and tastes divine with a slice of seeded loaf.

Root Vegetable Soup

Our youngest has quite a few allergies, and I always try to either make something we can all have as a family, or cook for us and make sure her dinner looks the same, just because she always seems to notice it when she eats something different (or maybe it is all in my head! Paranoid, me?).

I used to follow a nice carrot and parsnip soup recipe we all very much enjoyed, but it is full of butter and cream, both of which Jumpy cannot have because of her milk protein allergy. When putting this recipe together, I made sure I kept the sweet combination of carrot and parsnip as the main flavour. I then added my own little personal touches to make it absolutely perfect for us.

Root Vegetable Soup


Spiced Root Vegetable Soup

Dairy free and vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes


  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 5 large carrots 500g, diced
  • 2 parsnips 160g, diced
  • ½ small swede 200g
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh root ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pumpkin seeds to garnish


  1. Warm the olive oil over a medium heat for a minute in a large pan. Add the onions and cook, stirring until soft (about 4 minutes).
  2. Add in the remaining vegetables, reduce the heat and cover your pan for another 15 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  3. Stir in the grated ginger and ground coriander.
  4. Bring to the boil then simmer for 35 minutes and when the vegetables are tender, blend.
  5. Ladle into soup bowls, season and garnish with a few pumpkin seeds. Serve with seeded bread.

Recipe Notes

The soup can be frozen for later.

For the bread, just use my easy crusty bread recipe and add two tablespoons of sunflower and pumpkin seeds.


  1. Coombe Mill
    02/02/2014 / 12:36 am

    Noe this is my kind of soup. Spices work so well in root veg.

    • Mel
      02/02/2014 / 9:18 am

      … and it tastes really lovely! Let me know if you give it a go. x Mel

  2. Julie
    02/02/2014 / 2:53 pm

    Your soup looks heavenly. I love the spices you have used with the root vegetables. Delicious.

    • Mel
      02/02/2014 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks, Julie! It really is yummy, and quite filling actually. I had it for lunch at work on Friday with a couple of slices of bread and did not feel hungry for hours afterwards. x Mel

  3. Sneaky Veg
    02/02/2014 / 8:43 pm

    This looks like a delicious recipe, and I love your photos. A really lovely blog. #recipeoftheweek

    • Mel
      02/02/2014 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks a lot, I always put a lot of thought into my pictures. Try the soup, it fits your trying to get your little ones to eat more veg. My three loved it! x Mel

      • Sneaky Veg
        02/02/2014 / 9:37 pm

        They generally aren’t very keen on soup but I will definitely give it a go!

        • Mel
          02/02/2014 / 9:56 pm

          Buttered bread to dip in the soup might help! x Mel

  4. 02/02/2014 / 11:08 pm

    Wow this looks wonderful. Hope you can join in with #tastytuesdays again this week!

  5. Alexandra Mercer (Broody Me)
    03/02/2014 / 7:51 am

    I do love spices, soups and bread…yummy!

    • Mel
      03/02/2014 / 10:03 pm

      Then you might enjoy this soup! x Mel

  6. Caroline (BecomingaSAHM)
    03/02/2014 / 5:38 pm

    This sounds delicious – I am really into making soups at the moment – great way of getting veg into the Monkey! Loving the lack of butter and cream in this recipe too will have to give it a try! #recipeoftheweek

    • Mel
      03/02/2014 / 10:01 pm

      My toddler’s allergies are making me experiment with more healthy food and I have to say not using butter or cream in soup does not make much difference to the taste (to my big surprise!). Mel

  7. 04/02/2014 / 12:03 am

    Wow that was quick, you even beat me to it (adding my own posts)-what a star!

    • Mel
      04/02/2014 / 12:06 am

      I know, I saw that, hihi! x Mel

  8. Steph @www.MisplacedBrit.com
    04/02/2014 / 7:12 am

    Popping over from #tastytuesdays 🙂 this looks delicious! I love root veg and haven’t ever tried spicing them up like this… definitely going to try it out! I’m a huge fan of dry roasted seeds, so I think I’ll go for a crispy top then 🙂

    • Mel
      04/02/2014 / 8:41 pm

      Roasting the seeds is a great idea! I might try that next time for even more flavour. Mel

  9. TheBoyandMe
    04/02/2014 / 10:10 am

    Root vegetable soup is the bee’s knees! Looks lovely and the bread would be a perfect accompaniment.

    Nipping over from #TastyTuesdays.

    • Mel
      04/02/2014 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks! The bread definitely works well with it. Mel

  10. Alison
    04/02/2014 / 10:30 am

    This looks gorgeous. I made parsnip soup before but it was a bit bland, this combination looks fab

    • Mel
      04/02/2014 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks Alison, this soup is definitely not bland! Mel

  11. sarahhillwsheeler
    04/02/2014 / 10:46 am

    This looks like a lovely healthy combination…love the spices as they always seem to make me feel as though I’ve had a good meal and lessen my cravings for pudding, #TastyTuesday.

    • Mel
      04/02/2014 / 8:37 pm

      It really is an easy, tasty recipe. Mel

  12. Jenny
    04/02/2014 / 11:01 am

    I definitely need to book mark this recipe, I love making homemade soups. The flavors sound amazing together! Thanks for sharing.

    • Mel
      04/02/2014 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks Jenny. I have already pinned it on Pinterest if you want an easy way to save it. Mel

      • 04/02/2014 / 7:40 pm

        Oh great idea. Thank you. I love Pinterest. I try to put all my own recipes on there too. Will check it out.

  13. mummytries
    04/02/2014 / 11:30 am

    Gorgeous photos as always Mel, and a lovely recipe. Funnily enough I’m just about to start roasting up some parsnips to make soup for lunch 😉 #TastyTuesdays

    • Mel
      04/02/2014 / 1:45 pm

      Nice compliment, thanks. Are you going to share the soup recipe you are making? Roasted parsnips sound perfect for soup! Mel

  14. TalesofaTwinMum
    04/02/2014 / 12:43 pm

    That looks delicious! Just what you need on a cold, rainy day. x

    • Mel
      04/02/2014 / 1:37 pm

      Thanks, that soup is definitely a winner in our house, with its sweetness and creamy texture, yummy! x Mel

  15. brandnewcravings
    04/02/2014 / 12:52 pm

    This looks really delicious, I love soup and especially love that you didn’t add cream and that you added the spices. Will definitely give this a try. Coming over from #TastyTuesdays.

    • Mel
      04/02/2014 / 1:36 pm

      Thanks. Not having cream or butter in the soup made me think it would taste bland, but in the end, I honestly could not even taste the difference! Mel

  16. 04/02/2014 / 3:30 pm

    This looks amazing (love the food styling) and is a firm favourite in this house! We like to add a little bit of cinammon when we garnish!Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    • Mel
      04/02/2014 / 7:33 pm

      Food styling… you definitely know how to make me blush! Thanks Vicki! Cinnamon sounds like a great idea. I will try adding some at the last minute next time I make this soup. x Mel

  17. What Jessica Baked Next
    06/02/2014 / 5:20 pm

    Looks and sounds delicious! Nothing better than a bowl of warming, tasty soup! 🙂

    • Mel
      06/02/2014 / 8:34 pm

      Thanks Jessica!

  18. Emily @amummytoo
    08/02/2014 / 7:03 pm

    Oooh the spices in this sound perfect and I love your photo styling. Thank you for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. It’s always appreciated 🙂 I’ve Pinned and Tweeted this post and there’s a new linky just gone live – would love you to join in x

    • Mel
      09/02/2014 / 12:25 am

      Thanks, it really is lovely soup. It took me ages to figure out how to make soup look pretty, and I am glad you found my attempts successful! x Mel

  19. 23/03/2014 / 9:06 am

    I like the sound of this. I love how easily people recipes to suit their needs. It just proves that feeding children with allergies need not be difficult or expensive.

    • Mel
      23/03/2014 / 11:18 pm

      My thoughts exactly! My next step for my little Jumpy is to try to make cakes with no eggs, dairy or wheat. Now that is what I call a challenge! Mel

  20. wrymummy
    28/03/2014 / 9:14 pm

    This recipe looks delicious, the ginger must add a lovely zing to it! Can’t wait to try it. I’m a veggie so I love food like this. Great photos too. Very happy to discover you through your kind comment on my #PoCoLo post last week. (I’m playing catch-up, as you can tell!)

    • Mel
      28/03/2014 / 10:15 pm

      Ginger really does enhance the soup. I am glad you found me! Let me know what you think if you have a go at making it. Mel

  21. wrymummy
    28/03/2014 / 10:40 pm

    I will do, thanks Mel!

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