1 pound parsnips, peeled, ends trimmed, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1.5 cups vegetable stock
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt, to taste

1. Place the parsnip chunks and vegetable stock in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the parsnips pierce easily with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes.

2. Strain the stock into a bowl and place the parsnips in a food processor. Add the cream, butter and salt to taste. Process until very smooth, about 2 minutes, adding back the stock until the purée reaches the desired consistency. Keep in mind that the purée will be somewhat thinner after you sieve it.

3. Using a rubber spatula, work the puree through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Taste for salt and serve immediately.

Yield: 1.5 cups