Harissa Tomato Soup + Za’atar Roasted Parsnip Fries

March 4, 2015

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Sharing your passions and interests with someone else who cares enough to partake in a few of them is pretty neat. Since getting married I’ve realized the importance of embracing things the other person is into, as a way of showing your love for them, and being able to do more things together. At first this was very one-way with Scott and I – he is so easy going it was pretty effortless on my part to get him to do anything that interested me. A few big things I brought to the table were camping, hiking, road trips, moving to new states, and eating veggies. But it is true that giving is far better than receiving. The moment I began to start embracing more of Scott’s interests my life got upgraded a ton. Not only was there a more balanced stoke between the two of us, but I got to make him crazy happy while having a BLAST. I got to start appreciating movies the way he does, go out to dinner a few more times a year (still don’t like that one, but trying), and the biggest, best ones? HOCKEY and ROCK CLIMBING. I don’t know what my life was like before watching hockey, and I don’t want to, I am hooked and he loves it (another bonus, he get’s so stoked when I watch it with him). Then comes rock climbing, or bouldering, which is what we have been doing the past two weekends. He grew up climbing and use to work at a rock gym but I never showed too much interest. The other weekend I suggested going and now we are both hooked and having the best time climbing together (and with new friends!). We are two different people getting melded together as a new “one” more and more each year and I cannot think of a greater way to spend my life. I’m oozing with thankfulness for this man (and soreness – climbing is hard).

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One of the major things mentioned above that I brought to our relationship was definitely the eating of veggies. Seeing as Scott was living the fast food life prior to our nuptials, my greatest goal in the kitchen is to make veggie filled recipes he loves. This, my friends, is one of them! It involves fries so it can’t be too hard to win someone over with, right? Hello parsnips, move over potatoes (don’t freak out Scott, you’ll still get to eat loads of potatoes). The za’atar is amazing on these baked fries, which are perfect for dunking in this harissa tomato soup. THIS SOUP. Harissa has made everything it touches in my kitchen better, and since I’m still working through my homemade jar of this stuff it goes in everything. Now take some of the best tomatoes I have ever had, and you have this soup. MM Local seriously blows me away with every product of theirs I try. These jarred tomatoes are so fresh tasting and full of flavor. The perfect level of sweetness with a hint of basil. Now add some harissa, a few of their pickled onions, some garlic, coconut milk, and salt and pepper, and it’s not only the best tomato soup I’ve ever made – but its some seriously fancy ketchup for you to dunk those za’atar roasted parsnip fries in folks!

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Tid-bits: I link below to my homemade recipes for the za’atar and harissa, but if you have your own recipe or a store bought version on hand feel free to substitute whatever you have on hand. If you cannot get ahold of the pickled pearl onions, raw ones will work fine as well.

harissa tomato soup
1 jar tomatoes 16 ounces
3 pickled pearl onions
3 tablespoons harissa
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup light coconut milk from the can

za’atar roasted parsnip fries
1 large, or 2 medium, parsnips
light drizzle of olive oil
1 tablespoon za’atar
pinch of salt

For the soup, simply puree the listed ingredients in a blender (or in a a bowl using an immersion blender) and heat in a saucepan on the stove. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I used about 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and a few dashes of fresh black pepper.

For the parsnip fries, preheat the oven to 400F. Scrub your parsnips well under running water to remove any dirt. Cut off the top and bottom of the root and slice into quarters, and then into 1/2 inch sticks. Toss the sliced parsnip fries in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and then the za’atar. Lay flat on a parchment lined baking sheet, and sprinkle with a few pinches of salt. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the fries and bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes (or until browned and crispy). Remove from the oven and serve right away with the warmed harissa soup from above (great for dunking — think fancy ketchup).


  • Reply Anna March 4, 2015 at 6:21 am

    amaziing as always!!!


    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Well you’re just making me smile like a dork! thank you!

  • Reply Amy | Sobremesa March 4, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I woke up this morning and my first thought was ‘It’s Wednesday, I wonder what deliciousness Jessie cooked up!’ Let me be the first to say you did not disappoint, my friend. I’m still using up my first jar of homemade harissa too, (was inspired by your recipe to put some in my pizza sauce Friday night!) and I can’t wait to try it in tomato soup. And those fries OH MAN! Happy hump day! xo

    • Reply Faring Well March 4, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Amy, you totally made my day when I read your comment this morning! You are just the best. Thanks so much. And air-high-five for adding the harissa to your pizza sauce! So stoked to inspire that little addition, wasn’t it AMAZING?! You rule, hope you had a great hump day too!! <3

  • Reply Kris March 4, 2015 at 7:49 am

    You have chosen my two favourite spice blends! I’ll definitely be making this. And you’re also so right about embracing what your partner loves to do (or at least trying to). Our lives become so much richer when we open up.

    • Reply Faring Well March 4, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Right on! they have been my two faves too lately (mainly because I made such huge batched of them… ha!). And right?! Stoked you agree and have felt those same benefits :)

    • Reply Faring Well March 4, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Right on! they have been my two faves too lately (mainly because I made such a huge batch of them… ha!). And right?! Stoked you agree and have felt those same benefits :)

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan March 4, 2015 at 8:35 am

    This post totally spoke to me! When I met my fiance, I had no interest in sports..zero, none, nada at all. BUT then he introduced me to hockey and now I love it. It’s wonderful to be able to share something with the one you love, that they love too! Your photos are absolutely stunning and I LOVE this recipe.

    • Reply Faring Well March 4, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Abby! Thank you so much for your kind words! And that is the coolest that he got you into hockey too and that you guys get to experience it together now – isn’t sharing that with someone the best?! Hope you get to enjoy this recipe and a game with your man soon!

  • Reply Lindsey March 4, 2015 at 10:46 am

    isn’t that the best, when your partner not only encourages your passions and dreams, but when you can find joy and utter happiness in things they like to pursue as well! oh, and my husband is totally the same as your man in the only-eats-fast-food category! when we started dating he was living off of dunkin d’s, chinese food, and a taco truck in his hood (that taco truck was kinda legit though!). but when we moved in together, he really embraced a new way of eating. so glad you two are able to enjoy all of life’s gifts, including this meal which sounds amazing – za’atar parsnip fries, i like how your mind thinks. xo

    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Totally the best! That’s too funny about you and your man (that taco truck though – ha!). Love all the influences we have over each other and the way we grow through our relationships! Glad your guy started embracing the veggie life too, helps so much when you can both enjoy the same foods. Thank you for your sweet words, and for the parsnip fry love ;)

  • Reply Ana @ The Awesome Green March 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I totally agree with embracing your loved one interests, and also having new experiences together. We planned some hiking sessions for this summer (we’re both new to these) and I can’t wait for some lovely sunny days to enjoy spending time together doing new things. I love this recipe, the parsnip fries look so yummy! Beautiful photos, as always :)

    • Reply Faring Well March 4, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      That is so great! It is so true, the benefits are endless. Excited for your hiking trips, and for spending more time outdoors in the sun with the ones we love <3 amen to that! And thanks so much for the kind words about my recipe/photos, you are the sweetest <3

  • Reply Alix March 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Voted!ur blog rocks :)

    • Reply Faring Well March 4, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      You’re the best, thanks so much Alix! YOU ROCK ;)

  • Reply Trish @ Well Worn Fork March 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I could go for a big bowl of this soup!

    • Reply Faring Well March 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Seriously so simple, you should whip it up! :)

  • Reply Jasmin March 5, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Hi Jessie,
    I just stumbled on you blog, and I love it :)
    You are quite right about sharing interests with the most important person in your life – I too managed to bring to a table veggies, camping and two dogs into our living room ;)
    And your photography style is great!

    • Reply Faring Well March 6, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Yay for veggies and camping! That’s awesome. And thank you for your sweet compliments! Hope you have a great weekend <3

  • Reply Kathryn March 5, 2015 at 8:09 am

    The flavours here! I’m not the world’s biggest parsnip fan generally as I find them a little sweet + floral but sprinkled with za’atar? I’m pretty sure they’d win me over. Plus there’s nothing better than a bowl of tomato soup + the addition of harissa is just inspired.

    • Reply Faring Well March 6, 2015 at 10:30 am

      I’m right there with you on disliking parsnips for their sweet, floral flavor – I tried them once before in soup and was turned off. But toss them in olive oil, za’atar, and a few extra pinches of salt and you would never know they were not a potato! I was flabbergasted. Thanks for the harissa love <3 it MAKES this soup for sure.

  • Reply Jodi March 5, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Like woah! Parsnip fries are the bomb diggity and you just took them to another level – za’atar on everythang! Plus I think I see a sneaky little reflection of you in the spoon in that first pic!? haha – love. it. Also, totally feel you on sharing interests, and oh the vegtables! Matt’s diet was pretty damn beige before me! So cool your stoked on bouldering – I really don’t do it enough, but my man is dragging me out into the snowy mountains every other day so I’m not really complaining. activities + vegetables for ever and always. have a good almost weekend little lady xo

    • Reply Faring Well March 6, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Haha! Would you look at that, a little portrait in my spoon ;) you’re the first to see/point that out – toooooo funny. So awesome we both got to jazz up our hubs diet + veggies are the best adventure fuel! And getting dragged into the mountains sounds pretty fan-flipping-tastic to me. Like you said, activities + veggies FOR LIFE. You have a fab weekend too Jodi! <3

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures March 5, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Both of these recipes look incredible! I love parsnips but I’ve never had them as fries before – I’m definitely going to give this a try soon! And that soup – so yummy and cozy. I’ve never had harissa before because I haven’t been able to find it anywhere but your recipe for it sounds perfect! Another thing I’ll have to try soon. :) Ugh, so much goodness.

    • Reply Faring Well March 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Yes yes yes! So much to try but I promise these two recipes will not disappoint. Harissa will change your life and then you will add it to evvverything ;). Hope you get to try these fries soon too! Happy Friday Lane!

  • Reply Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation March 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    This soup looks A-mazing and the pictures are oh so beautiful.
    Glad you found your soul mate and you’re embracing his interests as much as he is embracing yours.
    Wishing you both well.

    • Reply Faring Well March 6, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Thanks so much Kimberly, so so sweet of you, I really appreciate it! Hope you are having the best friday, take care <3

  • Reply Sophie March 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    OMG. Za’atar parsnip fries…genius!
    I just voted for your blog on SAVEUR’s website. :) Faring Well is definitely my new blog crush!!

    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Um, you are just the BEST. Thank you Sophie! So glad to have you following along and enjoying it!!

  • Reply Kate March 11, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Love your sentiments in this post! I’m single right now, but it’s really great advice for later. An ex introduced me to rock climbing and it really is so fun! I’m pretty obsessed with this soup and fry combo. I’ve been meaning to get acquainted with parsnips and fries seem like a great intro!

    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Kate! Thank you so much. That’s really neat to know something me as a married person said had a positive impact on you as a single lady! Right on about rock climbing, so so so fun. And as for parsnips, yes, I agree – fry form is the best way to get acquainted no doubt! Super silly stoked you wrote me, have a great rest of your week Kate!

  • Reply Beth ~ Gneiss Spice May 15, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I will literally put za’atar on anything…but I’ve never tried fries! Can’t wait. I stumbled on your blog through pinterest, and had to come check it out. Can’t wait to see what else you cook up!

    • Reply Faring Well May 17, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Aw thanks tons Beth! Totally agree, its one of the best spices. I hope you enjoy the recipes! xo

  • Reply Jen December 7, 2017 at 12:47 am

    What kind of harissa? I’ve found a paste and a powder.

  • Reply Billy December 29, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I love tomato soup, but I’ve never tried it with harissa before. Did you buy your harissa or make it at home? Thanks!

    • Reply Faring Well December 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      I’m excited for you to hopefully get to try it Billy, it’s really something special! I buy my harissa most often, but there are tons of great recipes online if you’d like to make yours as well.

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