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Smoked Paprika and Rutabaga Bisque

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6 to 8 servings Easy
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Ingredients (8)

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds rutabaga, peeled and coarsely chopped (about 4 1/4 cups)
  • 4 cups (1 quart) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons high-quality smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
Nutritional Information
  • Calories207
  • Fat15.42g
  • Saturated fat9.49g
  • Trans fat0.23g
  • Carbs15.15g
  • Fiber3.31g
  • Sugar9.03g
  • Protein4.04g
  • Cholesterol45.11mg
  • Sodium81.78mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (6 servings) Powered by

In this winter soup we glorify the often-overlooked rutabaga. Simmered slowly and then blended with smoky paprika, this earthy root vegetable transforms into a velvety and irresistible bisque.

Instructions

  1. 1Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Once butter foams, add onion and celery, and season generously with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender but not browned, about 5 minutes.
  2. 2Add rutabaga and broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until rutabaga is tender when pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes. Add half-and-half, paprika, and white pepper and stir to combine.
  3. 3Allow soup to cool slightly, then purée in a blender until smooth. (You will have to do this in batches.) Taste and season with more salt and white pepper as needed.

Beverage pairing: Royal Oak Pale Ale, England. Soft bubbles make for a nice contrast with a creamy bisque, while the modestly sweet malt of an ale will not offend the rutabaga. A light hoppy character in the beer adds complexity to the pairing without bringing in bitterness.

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