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Rutabaga Soup Recipe

When I was growing up we always had a winter garden of all kinds of greens and root vegetables, including turnips and rutabagas.

Rutagaga recipe - cold weather soup from innkeeper at B and B in eastern North Carolina | chloesblog.com

In cold weather my mother would make rutabaga rice soup that I now associate with life on the farm, warm fires and being happy. Other than my family members, no one I know has ever heard of this soup. If you like rutabagas, give it a try. Even if you aren’t sure if you like rutabagas, give it a try. You might surprise yourself.  Recipe below is easy. 

Rutabaga Soup

Rutabaga is an underrated vegetable. It is perfect in soup.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rutabaga soup, rutabaga soup recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 123kcal
Author: Chloe Tuttle


  • 2 ½ -3 pounds rutabagas
  • 1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 T sugar optional depending on sweetness of the rutabaga
  • 1 cup uncooked rice not instant


  • Peel rutabagas and cut into chunks. Wash and put into large cooking pot. Cover with water plus two inches. Cook, covered, about 20-30 minutes or until rutabagas are not yet soft.
  • Add rice to the pot and cool, covered for 15 minutes or until rice is not quite cooked. Remove pot from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes or until rice is tender. This is to keep rice from overcooking. Add water or vegetable broth if needed. Serve hot.


Note: if you have never cooked rutabagas, be aware that they are kin to cabbage and can be high smelling.


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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Chloe Tuttle Big Mill Bed and Breakfast near Greenville NC

This is one of the recipes that you will love or hate, no middle ground. It is delicate and simple – a great dish for winter days

Interesting tidbit: In my Rutabaga research, I found a B&B in Wisconsin named Rembrandt & Rutabagas – and it is on her family farm. She calls her interesting women friends rutabagas.

Melissa, great chef from the UP sent me some Rutabaga Pasty recipes – rhymes with nasty.  Folks in the UP (Upper Peninsula) like rutabagas.

Vegetarian Rutabaga Soup with rice recipe-a good and Hearty winter soup | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/rutabaga-soup-recipe/

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Recipe from Innkeeper at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast 252-792-8787

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