Easy Gourmet Turnip Soup

Photo Source: Raley's

Photo Source: Raley's

Turnips are in season and we have a great crop. I made this soup in honour of a two-pound turnip Sadananda harvested from the garden. The recipe is quick and easy, yet gains a gourmet touch from the mushroom topping.


  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 lb. turnip, cubed.

  • 1 carrot, sliced

  • Olive oil 2-4 Tbsp. as needed

  • Sprigs of rosemary, sage, thyme and oregano and/or 2 tsp. Italian seasoning

  • 2 cups cooked/canned cannellini beans

  • 8 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 Tbsp. chopped basil

  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 cups chopped Portobello and/or shitake mushrooms


In a wok or sauté pan, heat half the olive oil and fry the garlic until it is golden brown. Add the cubed vegetables and stir-fry them. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat the beans, vegetable broth and fresh or dried herbs (not the basil at this point).

Add the stir-fried vegetables to the saucepan, simmer together for a few minutes and then blend the soup in a blender or with an immersion blender.

Season with salt, pepper and basil.

Now heat the rest of the olive oil and fry the chopped mushrooms, seasoning with a little salt.

Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a portion of mushrooms.

Alakananda Ma M.B., B.S. (Lond.) is an Ayurvedic Doctor (NAMA) and graduate of a top London medical school. She is co-founder of Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder Colorado, as well as a spiritual mother, teacher, flower essence maker and storyteller. Alakananda is a well known and highly respected practitioner in the Ayurveda community both nationally and internationally.

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