Embark on a culinary journey to the windswept landscapes of the Faroe Islands with the humble yet extraordinary Rutabaga. Delve into the rich cultural heritage of this remote archipelago through its unique culinary offerings. Discover the Rutabaga's role as a staple ingredient in Faroese cuisine, celebrated for its versatility and hearty flavor. From traditional dishes passed down through generations to innovative contemporary recipes, immerse yourself in the allure of Faroese gastronomy with the Rutabaga as your guide. Join us as we unearth the secrets behind this unassuming root vegetable and celebrate its remarkable presence in Faroe Islands' culinary tapestry.


  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled and diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


1- In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

2- Add the diced rutabaga and potatoes to the pot, and stir well to combine with the onions and garlic.

3- Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth, then add the bay leaf and dried thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4- Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, covered, until the rutabaga and potatoes are tender, about 20-25 minutes.

5- Once the vegetables are tender, remove the bay leaf from the pot. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Alternatively, you can transfer the soup in batches to a blender and puree until smooth, then return it to the pot.

6- If using heavy cream, stir it into the soup until well combined. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

7- Serve the Rutabaga Soup hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley for a burst of color and freshness.

This hearty and comforting Rutabaga Soup is a true taste of the Faroe Islands, perfect for warming up on chilly days and enjoying the unique flavors of this remote archipelago.

Nutritional Values:

1 large rutabaga (approx. 800g):

  • Calories: 276
  • Carbohydrates: 63g
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin C: 171mg (285% DV)
  • Vitamin A: 9,946 IU (199% DV)
  • Vitamin K: 10mcg (13% DV)
  • Calcium: 277mg (28% DV)
  • Iron: 2mg (11% DV)


  • High in vitamin C, which supports the immune system and promotes healthy skin.
  • Rich in vitamin A, important for vision health and immune function.
  • Good source of fiber, aiding in digestion and promoting feelings of fullness.
  • Provides potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and muscle function.

2 medium potatoes (approx. 400g):

  • Calories: 304
  • Carbohydrates: 70g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Vitamin C: 48mg (80% DV)
  • Vitamin B6: 1.4mg (70% DV)
  • Potassium: 1,772mg (51% DV)
  • Magnesium: 122mg (31% DV)


  • Excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that supports the immune system and collagen production.
  • High in vitamin B6, which plays a role in brain development and function.
  • Good source of potassium, necessary for maintaining proper fluid balance and muscle contractions.
  • Provides fiber, aiding in digestion and promoting satiety.

1 medium onion (approx. 150g):

  • Calories: 60
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Vitamin C: 9mg (15% DV)
  • Vitamin B6: 0.2mg (11% DV)
  • Folate: 22mcg (6% DV)
  • Potassium: 234mg (7% DV)


  • Contains antioxidants like quercetin, which may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
  • Rich in vitamin C, supporting immune function and collagen production.
  • Contains sulfur compounds that may help lower blood pressure and improve heart health.
  • Good source of fiber, promoting digestive health and aiding in weight management.

2 cloves garlic:

  • Calories: 8
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Vitamin C: 2mg (3% DV)
  • Calcium: 14mg (1% DV)
  • Iron: 0.2mg (1% DV)


  • Contains allicin, a compound with antibacterial and antiviral properties, supporting immune function.
  • Rich in antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases.
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties, potentially beneficial for reducing inflammation in the body.
  • May help lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health.

4 cups vegetable or chicken broth (approximately 960ml):

  • Nutritional values may vary depending on the specific brand and ingredients used. Typically low in calories and fat, and may contain some protein and sodium.


  • Provides hydration and may help prevent dehydration.
  • Contains electrolytes like sodium and potassium, important for fluid balance and nerve function.
  • Can be a source of vitamins and minerals depending on the ingredients used.
  • May have a soothing effect on the digestive system.

2 tablespoons butter (approximately 28g):

  • Calories: 204
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 61mg
  • Sodium: 162mg


  • Contains healthy fats that are essential for brain health and hormone production.
  • Provides fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, important for vision and immune function.
  • Adds flavor and richness to dishes.
  • Contains saturated fats, so moderation is key for heart health.

1/2 cup heavy cream (approximately 120ml) - optional:

  • Calories: 414
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 44g
  • Saturated Fat: 27g
  • Cholesterol: 163mg
  • Sodium: 44mg


  • Adds richness and creaminess to dishes.
  • Contains fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  • Provides energy and satiety due to its fat content.
  • Enhances the texture of soups and sauces.

Please note: These nutritional values are approximate and can vary based on factors such as the specific brands of ingredients used and any variations in preparation.


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