Parsnip and Potato Soup with Feta


1 tbsp olive oil
½ brown onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 medium parsnips (about 450 g), peeled and cut into 2 cm cubes
2 medium desiree potatoes (about 360 g), peeled and cut into 2 cm cubes
4 c chicken stock
½ c thin cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper
100 g feta, crumbled
2 tbsp chives, finely chopped

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until onion softens (about 3 minutes).  Add the parsnip and potato and stir to combine.  Add the stock and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until parsnip and potato are tender.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Ladle part of the mixture into a blender and puree until smooth; transfer to a clean saucepan and repeat until all the soup is blended.  Place over low heat and stir until hot; stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper.  To serve, sprinkle with feta and season with pepper.

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