This is a recipe I learned while a student but I still make it now - years later - as it is so simple and so satisfying.
Heat the olive in a large saucepan and fry the onion until softened.
Peel and chop the parsnips and fry with the onion for a couple of minutes.
Add the cumin seeds and fry for another minute.
Add the vegetable stock and continue cooking until the parsnips have softened.
Liquidise until smooth. Stir through more vegetable stock until the desired consistency is achieved. Serve with a spoon of cream or creme fraiche on the top of each bowl of soup.
Season to taste.
Milk can be used in place of the additional stock to achieve a creamier soup.
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