A lot of times when I am menu planning for the given week, my inspiration is what is currently in my fridge. I don't think there's anything I hate more than wasting food, so if I see that something needs to be used soon otherwise it will be trash, I come up with a dish around that ingredient.
With that said, today's item was this huge beautiful Parsnip I had. I like parsnips, but the flavor alone is not something I am obsessed with. I have made "Parsnip French Fries" before and honestly, I just was not a fan of the taste. So usually when I cook with parsnips, I'll pair them with something else (I've done a Cauliflower Parsnip Mash, I've used Parsnips in various Purees like a Celery Root Puree....). So today I decided I wanted a nice warm soup for this cold NYC weather.
I love Potato Soup especially when it's flavored with either bacon or pancetta. So I snuck my little parsnip friend in there too and this came out great - just the right amount of parsnip flavoring!
Potato & Parsnip Soup
Creamy Potato and Parsnip Soup with Bacon