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Root Vegetable Soup with Herb Croutons {#SundaySupper}

Few dishes can comfort your body and your soul on a cold winter day than a hearty soup. This Root Vegetable Soup with Herb Croutons will chase away any chill and is perfect served for a weekday dinner or lunch on a snow day.

Root Vegetable Soup with Sage Croutons on by @KraylFunch

Each year my husband and I pack up our winter clothes and head out west for our annual ski + snow board trip. The last few years we have be able to meet up with family and friends to spend the week enjoying the cold weather and if we are lucky a snow storm or two.

Root Vegetable Soup with Sage Croutons on by @KraylFunch leeks chopped on counter

It has become my tradition on these ski trips to have a day or two by myself to head to the local market, cook up a new recipe, sip some wine and simply enjoy the day in the house while the others are on the slopes. Everyone wins on this day – I am a happy girl cooking and doing my thing and the frozen snowboarders are happy when they come home to a hot meal at the end of the long day.

Root Vegetable Soup with Sage Croutons on by @KraylFunch chopped sage on cutting board

Root Vegetable Soup with Sage Croutons on by @KraylFunch chopped sage croutons close

This year we traveled to Breckenridge, Colorado and rented a condo perfectly situated one block out of town and two blocks from the local market, which by the way I could have spent an entire day in looking at their selection of local, organic and speciality products. Also close by was the larger City Market where I was able to pick up a few additional ingredients for the Root Vegetable Soup and Herb Croutons.

Root Vegetable Soup with Sage Croutons on by @KraylFunch soup in bowl

Root Vegetable Soup with Sage Croutons on by @KraylFunch soup with croutons and sage

This soup recipe came about based on the best looking root vegetables at the market, a few ingredients that where already in the house from the last renters and one of my favorite winter herbs, Sage. Grated Gruyere cheese adds a touch of richness and saltiness to the croutons and to the soup in general – feel free to top off your bowl with a few extra grated teaspoons for extra flavor.

Root Vegetable Soup with Sage Croutons on by @KraylFunch soup with croutons

As hoped, the soup was a huge hit. At the end of the day the gang of chilled skiers opened the door to a house filled with the warm aroma of a pot of soup on the stove and toasty croutons in the oven. The day and meal were a success for everyone. 

Root Vegetable Soup with Sage Croutons on by @KraylFunch soup with carrots and parsnips

Root Vegetable Soup with Sage Croutons
Yields 8
For the Soup :
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. 2 cups chopped red onion
  4. 5 cup chopped leeks, white and light green part only
  5. 3 cup rough chopped carrots
  6. 3 cups chopped parsnips
  7. 2 larger chopped potatoes
  8. 8 cups low-sodium chicken stock, plus more as needed
  9. pinch of salt
  10. freshly ground black pepper
For Croutons :
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 3 cups cubed country bread, about ½-inch cubes
  3. 1 tablespoon chopped sage leaves
  4. 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary leaves
  5. 1 cup grated Gruyère cheese
For the Soup:
  1. In a large, heavy bottom pot on medium heat warm the olive oil and butter. Add vegetables and saute until soft, about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper and potatoes.
  2. Add chicken stock, bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 25 - 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender.
  3. To add thickness to the soup broth, separate 2-3 cups of the soup and puree in a blender then
  4. pour back into the main soup pot. Add extra chicken stock if necessary.
For the Croutons :
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, add the cubed bread, drizzle with olive oil and add the chopped sage and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well until bread cubes and covered.
  3. Spread bread cubes out onto a baking sheet. Top with grated cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  4. The croutons are ready when brown and cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and set aside until soup is ready to serve.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with 3 - 4 sage croutons.
  1. Chop all vegetables in 1 inch rough chops.
An Appealing Plan
This week the Sunday Supper is hosted by Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings, is celebrating with an incredible assortment of Root Vegetable Recipes sure to be a crowd favorite at family dinner or the next time you are entertaining at home. 

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24 Responses to Root Vegetable Soup with Herb Croutons {#SundaySupper}

  1. Sue Lau March 21, 2016 at 5:11 PM #

    Looks very hearty and filling!

  2. Joy | Yummy Seconds March 16, 2016 at 2:17 AM #

    This vegetable soup looks hearty and delicious. Stumbling to share.

  3. Beth (OMG! Yummy) March 10, 2016 at 10:01 AM #

    Love the sage croutons and the tradition of taking some time to enjoy the local markets.

    • Krayl Funch April 2, 2016 at 12:38 PM #

      It’s the best part of the trip to me Beth!

  4. Christie March 9, 2016 at 8:00 AM #

    I love everything about this soup! The ingredients, the flavors, the simple ingredients! It’s a #mustmake

  5. Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook March 8, 2016 at 10:43 PM #

    I’d be with you in the kitchen instead of on the slopes! I think I’ll follow your tactic on our next snowboarding trip. Your soup looks like a hug.

  6. Renee@Renee's Kitchen Adventures March 7, 2016 at 10:57 PM #

    An absolutely beautiful bowl of goodness!
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  7. Jane's Adventures in Dinner March 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM #

    Now, the soup looks beautiful but the star-those fab croutons.

  8. Sarah March 6, 2016 at 10:04 PM #

    How perfect for a cool night!
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  9. susan / the wimpy vegetarian March 6, 2016 at 3:01 PM #

    What a lovely soup! And I’m in love with the croutons! And your day of shopping, wandering, and cooking while everyone skies sounds like a wonderful for you.

  10. Rachel March 6, 2016 at 12:31 PM #

    That sounds like a perfect day–Alone in the kitchen! And the herb croutons look amazing!

  11. Cindys Recipes and Writings March 6, 2016 at 12:09 PM #

    Sage and Gruyere sound wonderful together!

  12. Liz March 6, 2016 at 11:17 AM #

    Those cheesy croutons turn this soup into a totally irresistible treat!

    • Krayl Funch March 6, 2016 at 11:22 AM #

      I could snack on them all by themselves Liz!

  13. Constance Smith | Cosmopolitan Cornbread March 6, 2016 at 11:06 AM #

    What a beautiful bowl of soup!

  14. Kitty March 6, 2016 at 10:54 AM #

    This soup looks for comforting! Cold day, book and a bowl of this would be perfect!

    • Krayl Funch March 6, 2016 at 10:59 AM #

      Yes! Next time I will have to sneak a bowl before everyone gets back!

  15. Tammi @Momma's Meals March 6, 2016 at 8:46 AM #

    I love leaks! Love homemade croutons and gruyere even better! Sounds like my kind of vacation day too.
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    • Krayl Funch March 6, 2016 at 10:58 AM #

      Tammi the flavors are so warming and the aromas are perfect to come home to!

  16. Nichole March 6, 2016 at 7:51 AM #

    A solo day while everyone skies and you explore the market seriously sounds like my kind of perfect vacation day – this soup with homemade croutons and Gruyere sound ah-mazing!

    • Krayl Funch March 6, 2016 at 10:58 AM #

      Nicole it has become my favorite day of the trip! You must try it!

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