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Carrot-and-Parsnip Souffle

A pinch of allspice adds warmth to this medley of carrots and parsnips.

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  • Servings: 12

Photography: Martyn Thompson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2015


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more, room temperature, for dish
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for dish
  • 8 ounces parsnips (4 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces carrots (5 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups 100 percent carrot juice
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolks, plus 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Pinch of ground allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with rack in lower third. Brush a 2 1/2-quart souffle dish with butter, then coat with sugar.

  2. Bring parsnips, carrots, and carrot juice to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until vegetables are very tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Puree vegetables, reserved liquid, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.

  3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium. Whisk in flour. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is golden and nutty-smelling, 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk (mixture will splatter) and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens to a paste, about 1 minute. Stir into vegetable puree along with yolks, lemon juice, thyme, and allspice. Let cool completely.

  4. Beat egg whites on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium-high and slowly add sugar, beating until stiff, glossy peaks form, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir one-third of egg-white mixture into carrot mixture until thoroughly combined. Gently fold in remaining egg-white mixture just until combined. Transfer to prepared dish; gently smooth top.

  5. Bake souffle until puffed and golden brown on top and center is set, 50 to 55 minutes; serve.

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