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Green Irish Soup: Leeks & Parsnips #Foodie Friday


Irish Green Soup- Leeks & Parsnips- simplelivingeating.com

There was always a color war on St. Patrick's Day when I was a kid. I grew up in a predominately Italian & Irish neighborhood. The Irish Catholic kids would wear green to school on St. Patrick's Day, and the Italian Catholics wore red for St. Joseph (his saint's day is March 19th). We would fight over which saint was better. 
Being Italian my argument was usually,
"So what St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes... he doesn't have a pastry like St. Joseph."

Zeppoli di San Giuseppe
Zeppoli di San Giuseppe

The only thing we could agree on was that any Protestant kid (there weren't that many) who had the nerve to wear orange was going to get beaten up by both of us.

Green Irish Soup: Leeks & Parsnips: simplelivingeating.com

Now I can enjoy wearing green and eating green foods on St. Patrick's day without getting an ear full from anyone, and on the 19th I will definitely buy myself a St. Joseph's Zeppoli. 

I have been truly enjoying exploring the cuisine of Ireland this month. This soup I am sharing with you today is inspired from an Emerald Green soup I read about in The New Irish Table cookbook by Margaret Johnson. A really wonderful collection of updated classic Irish recipes from around the country.

Green Irish Soup: Leeks & Parsnips: simplelivingeating.com

Green Irish Soup: Leeks & Parsnips

by Diane Balch

preparation 20 minutes                                    serves: 4 - 6


3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
2 pounds of leeks chopped
1.5 pound of parsnips chopped
1 cup of flat leaf parsley chopped
1 teaspoon of ground thyme
1/2 tablespoon of salt and pepper 
6 cups of chicken broth
2 tablespoons of dry vermouth


1) Melt butter with thyme in a dutch oven or large sauce pan. Saute leeks until they wilt. 

2) Add parsnips, parsley and salt and pepper. Saute for a minute or two.

3) Add chicken broth bring the soup to a boil. Lower and let it simmer covered for 30 minutes or until the parsnips are soft.

4) In small batches puree the soup in a blender or use an immersion blender. (I prefer the regular blender because the leeks are stringy and don't puree well with the immersion blender.)

5) Add Vermouth at the end. Mix well. 

Check that the salt and pepper are good. Serve with grilled Irish cheddar cheese or crusty soda bread with butter. 

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  1. Happy St. Patrick's Day Diane!
    Your Green Irish Soup has such a beautiful color with that Apple Cake what a great meal.

    We have been in the garden all afternoon, the weather has been beautiful. I am so excited we are putting up a small green house. Hope your weather is good so you can enjoy the weekend and thanks for the party!
    Miz Helen

    1. A green house how wonderful. We could use that hear. No, we are back to winter, but at least we haven't had any more snow. Always good to see you Miz Helen.

  2. Happy St Patrick's Day! My Dad's mom was Irish so we always celebrated when I was growing up. And I always try to wear green on St Patrick's Day. Your soup looks delicious. Thank you for hosting!

    1. So you do have a spot of Irish in you... how great. Good to see you April.

  3. I think it is hilarious that you fought over which saint was better. I may just have to side with you, though. Where I grew up, it was a very big deal to have a St. Joseph's Day Altar with pastries, cookies, stuffed artichokes, pastas, and everyone got to take a dried "lucky bean" home. My grandfather always wanted to host an altar and was finally able to do so the year before he died. It's been years since I thought about any of this...until reading your post.

    Your soup has such a nice color. Great picture too.
    Thank you for the party, Diane. And the memories :-)

    1. Yes, I was reading that St. Joseph is pretty big in New Orleans because of the number of Sicilians in the area. They claim he brought rain to them in a drought and got the fava beans growing... so interesting.

  4. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. Your soup looks delicious.
    I love St. Joseph's pastries. When I was growing up, I had Irish friends so I celebrated St. Patrick's Day too.

    1. I celebrated any holiday I could and still do, especially if there is food involved.

  5. Leeks and parsnips are two vegetables I've grown to love in the last couple years. Love the combination in this soup. Thank you for featuring my version of boxty...My great-great-grandfather was born in County Antrim, Ireland and emigrated here. He earned his citizenship by virtue of service in a Pennsylvania regiment during the Civil War.

    1. It may be in your blood to eat leeks and parsnips. They are fairly popular in Ireland. I just love your Boxty. I'm so happy to promote it. Great family history.

  6. Let the beating begin!! My British mother refused to accept the fact that our heritage is Irish and Catholic, so I was forced to wear orange to school while growing up. I went to Baptist schools, so she felt justified! I used to hide green socks or hair ribbons in my bag so I could put them on at school. One year she forgot and left the house wearing green (I didn't point it out to her), she was furious when I got home from school, lol ;) Thanks so much for the party!!

    1. Oh my Lisa I think you would have definitely gotten a beating in my town. So I'm guessing you deck yourself out in green now on St. Patrick's Day.

  7. What a wonderful soup Diane!
    Perfect for me today, as it's finally raining here and it's cold(!)

    Thank you for the party and enjoy the weekend

    1. Raining and cold.. it sounds like New England, not your sunny warm land. Well, definitely make yourself a soup and stay warm. Always good to see you Winnie.

  8. What an interesting story about growing up and St. Patrick's Day. I had no idea about the green vs the red, but I grew up in the south where almost all, including myself, were Protestant and all we did was pinch someone if they didn't wear green :)

    Your green soup looks so inviting. Thanks for hosting and Happy St. Patrick's Day.

    1. It was probably because of the concentrated ethic groups that old world issues spilled over more where I lived. Always good to see you Sam. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Thanks so much for hosting Diane and have a great weekend! :)

    Sandi @ A New York Foodie

  10. Your soup sounds great! Thanks so much for hosting - Have a great weekend! :)

  11. It sounds yummy. I'll have to look up the zeppoli though, because that just looks amazing!

  12. Your soup sounds wonderful! Thank you for featuring the Cheesy Cauliflower Pancakes.Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

  13. This soup is totally new to me, have bookmarked to try it later. Thanks for the party Diane..

    1. It was to me too...as long as you like parsnips you will enjoy it.

  14. Thank you so much for hosting and for featuring my Irish Apple Cake! Hope you are having a great weekend.

  15. Your leek and parsnip soup recipe sounds good, I've never had a soup made like that. Can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  16. Great soup Diane! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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