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Parsnip-and-Pear Soup With Almond-Vanilla Oil

Provided by: Chef Daniel Humm

  • Type of Dish: Appetizers
  • Servings: 8
  • Cuisine: American
  • Special Requests: Vegetarian/Vegan
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Almond-vanilla oil

1/2 cup almond oil

1/4 vanilla bean, split lengthwise


Parsnip-and-pear soup

4 tbs. unsalted butter

1/2 cup shallots, diced to 1/4 in.

4 cups parsnips, diced to 1/4 in.

1 cup celery root, diced to 1/4 in.

6 sprigs rosemary

2 cups pear, diced to 1/4 in.

2 cups dry white wine

9 cups homemade chicken stock

1/2 cup cream

Pear vinegar (white balsamic vinegar can be substituted)

Kosher salt


Almond-vanilla oil

Place the oil and vanilla bean in a small saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a temperature of 190 degrees. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Cover and set aside to infuse at room temperature for 24 hours.


Parsnip-and-pear soup

In a medium stockpot, melt the butter over medium-low heat, add the shallots, and sweat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the parsnip, celery root, and 4 sprigs of rosemary, and continue to sweat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the pear, and continue cooking for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the white wine, increase the heat to high, and reduce by half—to about 1 cup of liquid. Add the stock and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes. Remove the soup from heat, and stir in the cream. Remove the rosemary, and transfer the soup to a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. Place the remaining sprigs of rosemary in a chinois or sieve, and strain the blended soup over it. Season to taste with pear vinegar, and salt and reheat gently. Divide the soup among 8 bowls, and top with a drizzle of the almond-vanilla oil.

(Published 2012)