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Parsnip and Apple Soup Recipe – by Sarah Calcutt

It’s apple season! Sarah Calcutt, founding partner of Partners in Produce, Non-Exec Director of New Covent Garden Market, and City Harvest Food Council member, shares some of her favourite seasonal recipes with City Harvest.




  • 15g butter
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsps fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp curry powder (Garam Masala works really well)
  • 500g parsnips, peeled and chopped into 2cm chunks
  • 1 Bramley apple, peeled and chopped
  • 700ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp crème fraiche
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Fry the onions until translucent and slightly golden around the edges, add in the garlic, curry powder and ginger and fry gently for 1 minute, add in the parsnips and apple and cook for 2 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  2. Add the stock and simmer for 1 hour until the parsnips are tender.
  3. Liquidise and serve with a blob of crème fraiche on top and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. This soup will keep for 3 days in the fridge, or 6 months in the freezer.

Sarah Calcutt, City Harvest Food Council member, Founding Partner of Partners in Produce, Non-Exec Director New Covent Garden Market and influential ambassador for fresh, British, seasonal produce.

City Harvest Food Council  From restauranteurs to retailers and farmers to financiers, our Food Council works with us to achieve our overall aims – Rescuing Food, People and Planet – through thought leadership, engaging with decision-makers and more. 

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