Recipe courtesy of Rachel Gitlin

Orange Cream Swirl Soup

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Orange Winter Squash Soup:

1 tablespoon corn oil

1 large onion, thinly sliced

1 butternut squash or 1 pound of carrots, thinly sliced

1 sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced

4 inner celery stalks, sliced

1 teaspoon cumin

5 cups vegetable stock

1 tablespoon ginger juice

1/4 cup orange juice concentrate

Rice or maple syrup, as desired for additional sweetness

Sea salt to taste (usually 1/2 teaspoon per cup of liquid)

Parsnip Bisque: 

5 shallots, finely sliced

1 pound parsnips, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons sweet white miso (or 2 to 3 teaspoons of sea salt plus 1/4 cup white wine)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Spiced pumpkin seed gremolata, recipe follows


1 cup spiced pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup whole pumpkin seeds for garnish

2 tablespoons minced lemon zest

2 tablespoons minced orange zest


  1. Orange Winter Squash Soup: Heat oil in a large soup pot. Saute the onions for 5 to 7 minutes on a medium flame to draw out the natural sugar (the onions should be a golden color but not browning). Add the squash or carrots, sweet potato, celery, cumin and sea salt. Allow the vegetables to sweat out their liquid and soften, about 7 minutes. Add vegetable stock and cover. Cook over a medium flame allowing the vegetable to completely soften, about 25 to 30 minutes. Puree the mixture in a blender. Return soup to pot and adjust the salt. Add the ginger juice, orange concentrate and syrup (if necessary). Heat soup through for a few minutes.
  2. Parsnip Bisque: Saute the shallots in corn oil for 3 minutes. Add the parsnips and allow them to soften for 7 minutes, adding a little liquid if they begin to stick to the pan). Add the balance of the stock and cover. Cook the soup on medium to low heat for 25 minutes. Remove a small amount of soup and place it in a bowl, add the miso and stir until dissolved. Stir in the miso mixture back into the soup add cinnamon and vanilla and simmer for 3 minutes. Puree soup in a blender. Swirl parsnip soup with squash soup and top with gremolata.


  1. Place the pumpkin seeds in a food processor and grind (using the pulse button) to a coarse meal. Remove from processor and add to bowl with zests.