Recipe: Parsnip, Bacon & Thyme Soup

Winter vegetables are great… except when you sometimes end up with too much of one type and need to keep them interesting by finding different ways to serve them. Please enter… Parsnip, Bacon and Thyme Soup!


  • 6 rashers of Free Range Pasture Fed Bacon (4 chopped roughly for soup, 2 chopped finely for ‘crumb’)
  • 1 brown onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 10-15 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
  • 500ml (2 cups) Free Range Chicken Stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 12 small parsnip or 6 medium (1kg in total)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped roughly


  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the bacon, onion, garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the onion is soft.
  • Add the stock and water to the pan. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-high, add the parsnip and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes or until parsnip is tender.
  • While the parsnip is simmering, add the finely chopped  bacon to a frying pan and fry for 3 – 4 minutes. Just before it gets too crunchy, add the walnuts and toss together. Remove from the heat.
  • Once the parsnip is tender, blend until the soup reaches your preferred consistency.
  • Ladle the soup in to bowls and top each bowl with the bacon and walnut crumb.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
About Alison Clinch
Alison Clinch has 20 years marketing experience gained in small and medium size business. She is especially passionate about supporting local communities, communications, and brand management. In her role with The Free Range Butcher Alison is responsible for the company’s branding, promotion, advertising and website. Her experience in the kitchen and passion for good food also brings refreshing new ideas for our recipe suggestions. Initially working alongside her husband Ben at the farmers markets, Alison is more ‘behind the scenes’ now, and keeping busy with two young apprentices’ / kids, Tom and Georgia.

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