Hearty Rutabaga Soup

Root vegetables are so much a part of the winter pantry in the Northeast. The Ross School purchased, literally, tons of them and served them from December until March or April. This hearty soup will warm the chills of fall and winter right out of your family and is great packed in a thermos for lunch at school.

Number of Servings



  • 2 ½ cups rutabaga, peeled, large dice
  • 3 ½  cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups golden turnips, peeled, large dice
  • 1 ½ cups parsnips, peeled large dice
  • 4 ½  teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, medium dice
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½  teaspoons brown sugar
  • ½  teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Coat rutabaga, carrots, turnips, and parsnips in olive oil and roast on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes until tender and slightly caramelized. 
  2. Sauté onion in butter until soft, add in the brown sugar and cook 2 minutes
  3. Add rosemary and cook 1 minute, then add the stock and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Add all cooked vegetables and bring to boil before reducing to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Purée until smooth and add salt and pepper, adjusting as needed.
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