Creamy Kohlrabi Soup with Asparagus

IMG_1735    IMG_1809 I have never in my life seen, let alone received, a kohlrabi as big as the one I picked up from my farm share last week. It was, no joke, bigger then my head. (completely nuts)  If I didn't know the farm and the farmers of my CSA, I would have to question whether or not it was grown in radioactive sludge…(kind of like the dandelions in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie from the 90's)

What is a kohlrabi you ask? It's kind of a cross between a turnip and a cabbage that is usually the size of a baseball. It can be eaten raw (I like chunks dipped in mustard) or cooked. (roasted chunks dipped in mustard)  It pairs well with sweet stuff like apples and honey, or in any savory stuff. Its one of my favorite vegetables (I say that about them all!)

So now that you know about kohlrabi (if you didn't already) its time to get yourself some and make this soup. Because for real,  I am not kidding when I say that this is one of the best soups that I have ever made.  You really must try it. And do it soon because hopefully in the next few weeks the soup weather will turn into fresh pea weather and we might not want soup as much (I eat soup all year long)

IMG_1730A gigantic kohlrabi cut in half ( I only used one of the halts) A whole yellow onion and 2 large carrots. I also added in 4 cloves or garlic

Peel the kohlrabis tough skin off and chop up into chunks. Chop the carrot, garlic and onion as well .

IMG_1761   IMG_1768All of those chopped veggies get thrown into a pot with two cups of water and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cover and place on medium heat for about 20-25 minutes. (give a stir ever now and then) Keep cooking until the veggies are fork tender. 

IMG_1790Once the chunks are all cooked up, its time for the  immersion blender. (or into a regular blender) Add in at least 3 cups of water, but more to thin out to your desired consistency and let it rip. Stop blending once the soup is nice and creamy. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste. Leave on low heat to bring back to a good soup  eating temperature.

IMG_1794 Now the soup is done.. and you can eat it just as it is, but you should really add in the asparagus. It is just so f*ing good. Just grab a few spears, dice them nice and small, and throw into the soup pot. Let it cook for another 5 minutes and wa la.. IMG_1804Soup is done. Ladle into bowls and if you want a little fancy presentation, add a swirl of mustard (it's so good) and a whole cooked asparagus spear.

And eat one of the greatest soups ever!

Happy Day Wednesday!


Creamy Kohlrabi Soup with Asparagus

  • 3-4 kohlrabi (or 4 cups chopped Kohlrabi)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 or more cloves of garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4-6 spears of Asparagus (extra if you want to garnish)
  • Yellow Mustard (optional)

Peel outer layer of kohlrabis. Roughly chop the onion, carrot, kohlrabi and garlic and stick it all into large dutch oven or stock pot. Add water until veggies are half submerged . Add a good sprinkle of salt and pepper and place on burner on medium heat and cover. Check ever 5 or so minutes and give the pot a good stir. After about 25 minutes, all the veggies should be very tender and almost fall apart when stuck with a fork. With an immersion blender or regular blender, blend till smooth, adding water until soup is at your desired constancy. Return soup to medium heat. Small dice asparagus and add to pot. (I added 2 extra whole pieces and fished them put once cooked for garnish.) Keep on heat for another 5-10 minutes until asparagus is cooked. 

Scoop into bowl and squirt top with yellow mustard and top with a spear of cooked asparagus.

Eat with a spoon and lick bowl clean.

Marbled Root Vegetables

IMG_3946 Miraculous.

And the best part, it's as easy as eating way to many slices of pie! Roasted beets, rutabaga and sweet potato. A little salt…A food processor…no joke, so easy and it tastes so freaking good. A real show stopper. Everyone will whip out their phones to snap a pic.

Let me break this down for you.IMG_3819  Rutabaga. Sweet Potato. Beet. That's what I was working with. I chose these roots for color as well as for taste. Separately the flavors are amazing. Together they are out of this world. If you wanted you could omit any of these and sub in, lets say, pureed cauliflower, or maybe parsnips. I would stay away from potato, it's a little to starchy, but maybe acorn or butternut squash.  Oh man, now I want to make celeriac, carrot and acorn squash marble. Pureed vegetables are trouble for me. I can't stop eating when they are around. I know, but don't judge, instead lets prepare.


Peel the rutabaga..To be honest, I don't peel, but this one that I got at the grocery store had a layer of wax on it…so yeah, I decided to peel that. You can also peel the beet if you want, but again, I don't do that.

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I diced up the baga and the beet, and tossed into separate pans to roast. I gave each pan a tiny splash of oil and a sprinkle of salt. The sweet potato, well that just got tossed into the oven as it was. I wouldn't mix the beet with the rutabaga, the juice will turn it pink. Here the thing, If you want to boil or steam you veggies, go right ahead. I roast because I like the roasted flavor and its easier for me to throw things into the oven on a cast iron pan then to boil onto of my tiny stove. Bonus, I don't wash my cast iron so less dishes! Just make sure with any method, your vegetables are cooked throughout and that they are tasty.

IMG_3906So you got a pile of roasted rutabaga, a pile of roasted beets and a baked sweet potato.

Remove the flesh from the skin of the sweet potato.. then eat it. Ok you don't have to eat it but it is SOOOOOOO good. At least try it.IMG_3915I used my handy emulsion blender to puree everything but a food mill or a food processor is equally as good. Puree each root separately . Start with the rutabaga. Go to the sweet potato, then end with the beet. That way you don't have to clean in between purees. Add little amounts of water when pureeing if it needs a little help to loosen up. Blend until smooth.


Three beautiful purees. My sister and I stood in the kitchen prior to preparing the plate and stuck our fingers in the puree. That right, and we licked then and went back in for seconds. In my family, as long as there is not disease being transmitted, a little bit of shared germs is ok.  So now that you have tasted and tried not to eat to much of the purees, let's get crazy….IMG_3935I just took a spoon and threw piles in that bowl. I could have done more of a checkerboard pattern to make it a more uniform marble, but I just went for it. Do it any way you want.  Don't be afraid, you can't screw this up!IMG_3946I took a fork and kind of rain it throw the top to start the effect. I then took a cake knife and just leaved it out. That's what I did and then I was done. After all the oohing and aching, I stuck the dish into the oven for another 10 minutes just to keep hot, but you can serve this at room temp as well.IMG_3953 Now tell me that isn't a thing of beauty. I fell in love. I want to puree and marble everything. This could be my thing.IMG_3987Empty bowl…Ok, I'll admit I ate half of it..I couldn't help it. Next time I will have to make a bigger batch.

P.S. You could totally make this dish today and serve it tomorrow. Just plastic wrap the top and refrigerate. When your getting ready for you meal, stick in oven for 20 minutes or until it's the temperature you want it.

Happy Thanksgiving and Yeah!


Marbled Roots

Choose at least two, preferable three contrasting  root vegetables. I;ll give you the version in the pictures.

  • 1 large beet
  • 1 medium rutabaga
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • olive oil
  • salt

Preheat oven to 425

Dice rutabaga and beet. Toss with splash of oil and sprinkle of salt.  Place on spereate baking sheets and move to oven. Place whole sweet potato in oven Cook until veggies are fork tender, usually about 40 minutes.

Remove veggies  and place into separate containers and puree each veggie, starting with the lightest colored one. Add small amounts of water to help loosen if needed.

In a shallow  casserole dish or pie plate, pile small amount of puree in dish, alternating the colors. With a knife, swirl the veggies around…Dont go to crazy or it will end up blended. You could stop here, I know, it looks amazing, but I finish it all off by taking a  cake knife and smooth out the top.

Pop the roots back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes just to completely warm and meld the flavors together.

How cool are you now? People will be talking about you marbled roots for weeks.. maybe even until next thanksgiving.