Cream of Parsley Soup with Fresh Horseradish

  • Serves

    serves 6-8


Brilliantly green and vibrantly flavored, this simple soup—garnished with fiery, fresh-grated horseradish—is a perfect first course for a Passover feast, or any early spring meal.

Find this recipe in our cookbook, SAVEUR: Soups and Stews


  • 1 lb. fresh parsley (about 4 bunches)
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Freshly ground horseradish (optional), for serving


Step 1

Bring a 6-qt. saucepan of water to a boil and add parsley; cook until bright green and wilted, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drain and place parsley in a bowl of ice water; let sit for 1 minute. Drain, squeezing out as much liquid as possible. Roughly chop and set aside.

Step 2

Heat butter in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring, until onions are soft, about 6 minutes. Add stock and heavy cream, and bring to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, 15–20 minutes. Add parsley, salt, and pepper; cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Transfer soup to a blender along with lemon juice and purée until smooth. Strain soup through a fine mesh sieve, if you like. Divide soup among serving bowls and garnish with freshly grated horseradish, if you like.