Dishing Up the Dirt

Turnip Miso Soup

Before I get to this post I want to give you all a heads up that things are going to start looking quite a bit different on the blog very soon (they may even look different right now!). Not to worry though… Over the past 6 months I’ve been working on a redesign with an emphasis on veggies! I wan’t you to be able to search recipes by special diet, or by main ingredient. For example, if you’re not sure what the heck to do with that kohlrabi that came in your CSA box you can search all of my kohlrabi recipes on one page! It’s been a long process to get here but I’m stoked with where the website is heading. You can also take a look at my bio page for more detail about me, Taylor and our farming journey. I hope you all enjoy the new website and please be patient with any glitches that may happen in the next week or two. I promise to get things all worked out as they happen!

Alight, onto this soup! This flavorful dish only has a few ingredients but packs a lot of punch! I was inspired to make this soup from a recipe in the blog archives for miso glazed turnips. I love the combination of sweet, earthy turnips paired with a salty/umami spiked miso butter. The miso butter is also great to keep on hand for spreading on toast, roasted veggies or even melted on pasta. Go wild. If you do make the butter I’d suggest tripling the recipe below. You’ll thank me!

I’ve also had a lot of fun topping all of my salads and pasta dishes (of late) with Gomasio—a sesame seed and sea salt blend. This is an easy condiment to make on your own–follow this recipebut you can also purchase a jar in the Asian section of your grocery store. Definitely make a batch or pick up a jar because you’ll find yourself sprinkling it on everything from soups, salads, pastas, to hard boiled eggs.

This soup in particular is pretty darn special. After harvesting hundreds of pounds of turnips over the weekend (we’re storing them for winter!) we came into the house chilled and exhausted. I didn’t have energy to whip up anything too complicated so this simple and nourishing soup was just what the doctor ordered. After a few spoonfuls our bodies relaxed, our taste buds were singing and we were a couple of happy farmers who quickly forgot about the hard days work.

I love comforting soups that warm you from the inside out and I hope you all find as much pleasure and nourishment in this soup as we do. Cheers to the autumn harvest!

Turnip Miso Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 30 minutes    Serves: 4

  • 2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 4 small turnips, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1 small russet potato, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Gomasio 
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley


  1. In a small bowl stir together the miso paste with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté, stirring often, until tender and fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  3. Stir in the ginger, turnips,  potato and honey. Continue to cook for about 1 minute longer. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the turnips and potato are tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Transfer the soup to a high speed blender and add the miso/butter mixture. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Return the soup to the pot, drizzle with the lemon juice, taste test and adjust seasonings as needed. Add additional water if the soup seems to thick.
  5. Divide soup between bowls and top with Gomasio and minced parsley and serve.


*Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary

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11 thoughts on “Turnip Miso Soup

  1. Susan says:

    I love your new website design! What a ton of work this project must have been- I continue each day to enjoy the news and delish recipes from Tumbleweed Farm!

  2. Karlie says:

    Your site looks amazing!!! Congrats! Loving this soup, anything with miso is a win to me

  3. Jennifer says:

    Andrea!! I love, love, love the redesign especially the “Search” features on the recipes!! Looks gorgeous! Can’t wait to try this soup! Turnip and miso = 2 of my favorite things.

  4. Sue Phillips says:

    Your new look is fabulous! Looking forward to adding your Cookbook to my collection!! There’s something comforting about sitting down with a good cookbook and a glass of wine.

  5. Lauren C says:

    The new site design looks great! The enhanced search feature is so helpful and to be able to see a listing of all your amazing sauces in one place is a game changer! Thanks!!

  6. Cherie Misas says:

    Love the new web design!

  7. Jeanne Bennett says:

    Hi, I have been following your site for along time.I love the recipes and your farm life stories and pictures! I have a small garden,I buy a Fall share from Enough and a little bit more and I eat a plant based diet. I love vegetables of all kinds! I do like your new look and I’m waiting to buy your cookbook! Happy “restful” Holidays, Jeanne Bennett. The last recipe I made of yours was the nut Game day bread with the pumpkin, love it!

  8. Rachel says:

    I always have trouble using all of my CSA turnips, so I was happy to see this recipe! I made it for dinner tonight and it was great!

    1. Andrea says:

      I’m so happy you loved the soup as much as we do! cheers. xo

  9. Carly says:

    Is there a sub for the butter? Would you recommend using olive oil? Looking for a dairy free option for this delicious looking soup. Thank you!

  10. Adrienne says:

    Made this recipe tonight, but went all turnips and one golden beet because that’s what I had in the fridge. It came out so nice, the seasoning was spot on!

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