Local Recipes

Roasted Turnip and Bokchoy Soup

A great way to use up any leftover roasted turnips!


  • 1½ lbs turnips, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • ¾ tsp salt, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 5 heads baby bok choy, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) five-spice powder (a blend of ground cloves, fennel seeds, cinnamon, star anise and peppercorns)
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ cup half-and-half (10%) cream
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh chives for garnish



  1. On baking sheet, combine turnips, 2 tbsp of the oil, ½ tsp of the salt and black pepper to taste; toss to coat evenly and spread in a single layer. Roast in preheated oven 400°F until turnips are tender and begin to color, about 20 minutes.
  2. In a large pot, heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add bok choy, garlic, five-spice powder and the remaining salt; sauté until bok choy is tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer bok choy to a plate and keep warm.
  3. Add stock to the pot and bring to a boil. Add turnips, reduce heat and simmer until turnips have flavored the liquid, about 10 minutes.
  4. Using an immersion blender, or in a food processor or blender in batches, pureé soup until smooth. Return to the pot, if necessary. Stir in cream, lemon juice, nutmeg and cayenne; reheat over medium heat, stirring often, until steaming. Do not let boil. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper, if necessary.

Serves 6