The combination of whole canned tomatoes and tomato paste give this soup plenty of flavor without having to chop a single tomato. An arugula and ricotta salata topper adds peppery, salty notes and a nice change in texture.
Soup is great for holiday entertaining because it can be prepared days or even weeks in advance then simply reheated before serving. This one, featuring sweet, nutty parsnips, has rich fall flavors and is especially easy to make.
Pear is the surprising ingredient that adds a subtle sweetness without competing with the savory flavors in this soup. The addition of lime leaf is optional but adds a nice zing – strips of lime zest works just as well.