Dishing Up the Dirt

Curried Root Vegetable Soup

I’m beaming with pride as I sit and write this post today. Last night was my debut book singing in Hood River and man, I have never been so overwhelmed with joy in my entire life. We live in a pretty magical place and I’m absolutely blown away by the amount of folks who came out to celebrate the DUTD cookbook. My hand is pretty darn sore today (signed over 100 books!) but I wouldn’t trade a moment of yesterday for anything. For 3 hours all I could think about was the amount of love that still exists in this crazy world. I got to meet so many amazing people who have followed our journey for years and chat with them about their own lives. Cooking, gardening, health, changing careers, etc. There were also SO many familiar faces which calmed my nerves a bit. I’m not much of a public speaker but I did get my booty up in front of the crowd to thank everyone for coming out to celebrate. We had my favorite band rocking out while I signed books and snacks (which went really fast….should have anticipated more folks coming out…sorry to everyone that didn’t get any food!) which made for a fun and interactive book signing.  We showed the cookbook trailer on a big screen and got to clink glasses with some of the best folks around.  And to those of you who were there in spirit, we felt you even from a far!!! Thank you for the sweet messages and love. I’m going to write a complete post (with plenty of photos) about my book signing soon but I want to digest this a bit before doing so.

I’m seriously on cloud nine! I know this feeling wont last forever so I’m trying to soak up every second of bliss. I’ve got one more book event in Hood River this week (Thursday from 5-8pm at Twiggs) There will be cocktails from the book and yummy snacks so if you’re in the area swing in for a meet and greet. Taylor and I are going to try and get ahead on farm work over the next few weeks because we take off for NYC at the beginning of April for a few book events. I’ll post the details on those events as we iron them out. Taylor’s dad is flying out from Massachusetts to take care of the farm while we’re away–there’s no one we’d trust to take care of farm chores than a seasoned farmer. Thank you John! I’ll be heading to Missoula, MT for a book signing in mid April and then up to Seattle at the end of April. I’ll post details on all of these events as they get closer! And please–think good thoughts for Taylor because he’ll be working overtime while I’m away. #besthusbandever

In the meantime I wanted to share this simple and nourishing root vegetable soup. It’s going to be a grey and wet week here at the farm and this spicy soup is a perfect way to ease into the week. I hope you all enjoy this as much as we do. Grab a spoon!

Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm

Curried Root Vegetable Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 40 minutes    Serves: 4

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 medium sized onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 medium sized carrots, cut into 1 inch chunks (no need to peel)
  • 2 medium sized parsnips, cut into 1 inch chunks (no need to peel)
  • 1 medium sized rutabaga, cut into 1 inch chunks (peeling optional depending on the condition of your rutabaga)
  • 5 cups vegetable broth + additional to thin if needed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • minced parsley for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the curry powder and cook, stirring often until fragrant, about 1- 2 minutes. Stir in the onion and continue to cook for 1 minute longer. Add the chopped roots and stir until everything is evenly coated in the spice mixture. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the veggies are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes.
  2. Carefully puree the soup in a high speed blender until completely smooth and creamy (you may need to do this in batches). Alternately, you could use an immersion blender but the soup wont have the same silky smooth consistency.
  3. Return the soup to the pot and stir in the lemon juice and plenty of salt and pepper to taste. Keep on low heat for about 15 minutes so the flavors have a chance to meld. Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed. If the soup is too thick add more broth or water.
  4. Serve with minced parsley and enjoy.


*Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary *Taste test as you go

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16 thoughts on “Curried Root Vegetable Soup

  1. Lacey says:

    Congrats on your amazing book, Andrea!! I have been reading it early in the mornings and love your story. Your book has me dreaming of working on a farm back home in Oregon instead of the drudgery of the office. I am originally from Portland and absolutely love Oregon and Hood River especially! I am wearing earrings I bought from Twiggs right now, actually. I moved to Boston for a job opportunity almost one year ago, otherwise I would have been at your book signing for sure 🙂

  2. KC Ross says:

    Andrea! Except for the posts when some unforeseen disaster has hit Tumbleweed, your posts ALWAYS put me in a better frame of mind! (Your recipes work wonders, too 🙂 ) I am so very happy for your success and the love you are experiencing . . . you realize that you are just getting back what you give out, right? Enjoy! Love your book!

  3. Susie Engle says:

    Congratulations from San Diego!! Going to buy the book today. I have been following you for a very long time and couldn’t be more excited for you!

  4. Susan Laverty says:

    Hi, I live in NH and have been following you for years. I wish you endless luck with your new book and this coming farm season. Keep sending those recipes and farm notes.


  5. Patty says:

    Andrea so sorry I couldn’t make it. I wanted to be there so much. I absolutely love your book and thank you for signing. Terry bought one for me and had it signed…. I have 2 more too.!
    Yes enjoy and basque in the moment. A lot of hard work went into your book. You and Taylor certainly deserve a little trip! Congratulations and WAY TO GO!!! LOVE, Patty and Eric

  6. Maddy says:

    Colin and I have been your biggest “in” Missoula fans (I say in because you have family outside Missoula, right?) for the last three years but we just left! Otherwise I would be at your event there! Hopefully we’ll catch you at Migration sometime next summer when we’re visiting my mom. Right now we’re in Australia so I’m cheering you on (and cooking your recipes) from down under! Congrats!

  7. Jessica Arden says:

    Congratulations on your book!
    Can’t wait to check it out. I always look forward to seeing your posts in the inbox.
    Always a beautiful inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Peggy Dickston says:

    Congratulations Andrea! I just received your book. I preordered it on Amazon! You should be sooo proud of yourself. It is a beautifully done book. I love all the pictures, recipes and the very personal dialog you have with the reader. I hope you sell millions. Enjoy your book tours and your moment in the sun.

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you so much Peggy! I hope you enjoy the book. If you have a moment will you please leave a review on Amazon? Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  9. Alexa Rehm says:

    Andrea, soak up that bliss, you totally deserve it! And enjoy every step of this publication process, because you deserve to feel the love that you put into your recipes amplified back to you by all of us who love your recipes and your stories!

    If you’re heading through Spokane on your way from Missoula to Seattle, let me know! Obviously I would love to meet you, but at the very least, I can suggest so many delicious places to stop and get a bite to eat on your way through 🙂

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you Alexa! And will do! Xo

  10. Jo Crosby says:

    Made this tonight exactly as per the recipe using Madras curry powder. It is a lovely winter soup that will be made on a regular basis in this household I suspect. Thanks for another winner!

    1. Andrea says:

      So happy you enjoyed the soup as much as we do! Cheers!

  11. Laura says:

    I made this soup today and really enjoyed it! I’m not a curry fan, so left that out. I took a look at some of your other soup recipes for ideas to replace the curry, but wound up keeping it plain. I love it! I’m looking forward to trying the Ginger Carrot and Parsnip soup with coconut milk.

    1. Andrea says:

      so happy you loved it!

  12. Lark Dunton says:

    This recipe was shared to me by the woman who manages my farm share, via the weekly newsletter. Made it the day before yesterday, and it is wonderful! My first experience with rutabaga. Love it, and it was better yesterday, after 24 hours resting in the refrigerator. This one is added to my file of favorites!

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