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Parsnip and Apple Soup

A winner if you enjoy a luscious creamy soup


2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 clove garlic crushed
170g cooking apple
450g parsnips
170g potato
75ml dry white wine
570ml vegetable stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
150ml milk
2 tbsp creme fraiche
chopped fresh chives to garnish


Put the oil into a large saucepan, add the onion and garlic and cook over a very low heat, covered, for 10 minutes, making sure the onion does not brown.
Peel and chop the apple, parsnip and potato. Add the apple and parsnips to the pan and cook for a further 5 min.
Add the wine, bring to the boil and reduce by half, then pour in the stock and add the potato. Season carefully with salt and pepper.
Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently for about 20 min or until the vegetables are soft.
Puree the soup with a blender and add enough milk to achieve the consistency of thick cream. Adjust the seasoning to taste and stir in the creme fraiche.
Serve hot with a garnish of chives.

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