Roasted Root Vegetable and Turkey Soup and Prospect Farm Soup Cook-Off

Roasted Root Vegetable and Turkey Soup and Prospect Farm Soup Cook-Off

Roasted Root Vegetable and Turkey Soup - Seriously Soupy

Roasted Root Vegetable and Turkey Soup topped with Sage - Seriously Soupy

People's choice winner. Check out that squash!

This weekend I had the honor to participate in Prospect Farm's Soup Cook-Off - a communal cooking event/fundraiser for a new volunteer-run farm in Windsor Terrace. Once an open plot of land, the area has been transformed into a fully-functional compost deposit station where locals can drop-off their non-cooked waste to be turned into soil. Since there is a high-lead concentration in the soil, organizers are starting slow with the growing process where a small plot of land is used to grow carrots, romaine lettuce, kale, and beets. There are also several squashes that no one has planted but continue to thrive at the farm, including four to six different shapes of squash.

For the cook-off, I entered a roasted root vegetable and turkey soup/stew that I also made for the soup party a few weeks ago. One rule of the event was that all of the soups had to have at least one ingredient that came from a local source. Most of my soups use ingredients that come from my local farmers market, so that part was pretty easy in addition I used organic turkey and fresh herbs. A two-part recipe (some marinating is involved), this is a great soup/stew that is filing and has various flavors (sweet and savory) that is a healthy variation to a standard meat chili. I ended up winning the people's choice (see my squash trophy) that was tied with a cauliflower and chorizo soup with kale chips. I hope to have some of the recipes from the cook-off on here real soon!


Growing vegetables at the Prospect Farm

A massive squash at the Prospect Farm

Soup Tasting!

First Place: Barley Soup with Local Greens, Dill, and Feta

Second Place (tie): Jerusalem Artichoke Soup and Blue Cheese and Roasted Cauliflower Soup

People's Choice (tie): Roasted Root Vegetable and Turkey Soup and Cauliflower and Chorizo Soup with Kale Chips

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The Judges - Joe Brancaccio of Brancaccio's Food Shop and Brandon Maya

Roasted Root Vegetable and Turkey Soup

Serves 10-12


  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut up
  • 4-5 cups of water
  • 2 turnips, cut up
  • 5-6 beets, peeled and cut up
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 carrots, cut up
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and cut
  • 1 pound of turkey meat
  • 1 leek, cut up
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped up
  • 2 shallots, peeled and cut
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 bunch of fresh sage – (about a handful)
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of celery salt
  • salt and pepper
  • drizzle of olive oil (enough to coat the vegetables)
Read the whole recipe on Seriously Soupy