Sophie Wright's recipe for Leek, Parsnip & Chestnut Soup

Published Sunday, Oct 19 2014, 17:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
It's officially soup season, but we're shunning the usual tomato and chicken varieties for something a little bit more interesting.

Make way for this gorgeous leek, parsnip and chestnut number from the very talented TV chef, Sophie Wright. Leek is the main flavour in this yummy soup, while parsnips and chestnuts help to create a creamy goodness. Serve with crusty bread for a delightful, warming meal.

Sophie Wright's leek, parsnip and chestnut soup

© British Leek


  • 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 25g butter
  • 2 large leeks, sliced and washed including most of the green part
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 springs fresh thyme, leaves only, plus a few for garnish
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3 parsnips, peeled, cored and chopped finely
  • 75g cooked chestnuts, plus a few extra for garnish
  • 1.5 litres chicken or vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper


1 Add the oil and the butter to a large pan and turn the heat to medium. Add in the leeks, celery and onion along with the thyme leaves and the peeled garlic. Season with salt and pepper and place a lid on and allow the vegetables to sweat for 10 minutes, stirring a few times in between.

2 Now add the chopped parsnips and the chestnuts along with the stock, bring to the boil and simmer until the parsnips are tender. Make sure the vegetable are completely covered with stock, if not; add a little more as it depends on the size of your pan.

3 After about 20 minutes all the vegetables should be nice and tender.

4 Turn off the heat and blend either in a liquidiser or with a handheld blender. Never over fill your liquidiser so do this in batches - we would recommend leaving the soup to cool slightly before doing this.

5 Blend until completely smooth before returning to the pan and reheating. You can add a little more stock if you feel the mix is too thick

6 Season with a little more pepper before serving with a few more chopped chestnuts and a few fresh thyme leaves.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 4 - 6

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