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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

White Velvet Soup

25 MINPrep Time
40 MINCook Time
by Giada De Laurentiis
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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This white velvet soup is the hearty, healthy winter dinner you need in your life! Full of parsnips, fennel, celery, and onion, it's different from your typical vegetable soup. The veggies get sautéed and then cooked in simmering water, and then puréed into a rich, creamy soup. Unsweetened almond milk thins out the purée just enough without drastically changing the flavor. This soup is similar in texture to a butternut squash or sweet potato soup, but something about its simplicity makes it feel extra luxurious.

The pomegranate gremolata adds the perfect finishing touch of brightness to liven things up. Some chopped bacon adds great crunch and meaty flavor, but you can leave it off if you want to keep it vegetarian. And of course, nothing is complete without a little sprinkle of parmesan!

White Velvet Soup


Main Course

Prep Time

25 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (plus for drizzling)
  • 4 parsnips (peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 1 pound))
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 2 bulbs fennel (trimmed and chopped into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • Crispy cooked bacon (chopped, for garnish)
  • Grated Parmesan (for garnish)
  • Pomegranate Gremolata (for garnish, recipe follows)
  • Pomegranate Gremolata:
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. As seen on: Giada's Holiday Handbook, Episode 1. 'Tis The Season.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a 3 1/2-quart Dutch oven medium-high heat. Add the parsnips, celery, fennel, onion, salt and fennel seeds. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Add 4 cups water and the bay leaf to the pan, and stir. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cover with a lid. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are very soft. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Puree the soup in two batches, adding half of the almond milk to each batch. Return the soup to the Dutch oven, and heat to warm through--alternatively, pour the soup into a slow cooker and keep warm on the low setting.
  4. Serve garnished with bacon, Parmesan and pomegranate gremolata.
  5. Pomegranate Gremolata: In a bowl, mix together the parsley, pomegranate seeds, lemon zest and salt.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
28 grams
3 grams
6 grams
Saturated Fat
1 grams
961 milligrams
9 grams
7 grams
Unsaturated Fat
5 grams
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2 reviews & comments

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    Marcy Brown - Jun 09

    OMG this soup! It's comforting. It's decadent. It's actually healthy. I made it exactly per the recipe, and it was love at first bite (sip?) I love parsnips and fennel, so I knew it was going to be a winner. But I was so surprised at how creamy it is, even before I added the almond milk. I pureed the soft veggies and broth in batches in a nutri-bullet, and it came out like the most beautiful cream soup. The flavor is perfect for winter, with a pop from the pomegranate gremolata. And you can never go wrong with a little crisp bacon and cheese on top of your soup. This is going on regular rotation. Bravo, Giada. And thanks.

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    Jaipreet Patel - Jun 09

    This recipe was a hit in my house. I am not really a soup person. When I made this everyone seemed to enjoy it….it was simple and all the flavors were delicious. I would recommend it!

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