Nerds Gotta Eat: Mother Gothel’s Hazelnut Soup

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Fangirls! We thought that in honor of fast approaching Mother’s Day, we would celebrate one of Disney’s mothers. Who isn’t really that great of a mother, nor not really a mother at all. But hey, we thought her soup sounded pretty good. And let me tell you; She may be lying, smothering & selfish, but she makes a damn good soup.

I had never heard of hazelnut soup until Tangled, but being as Rapunzel is German, it made sense to me. The German’s like their hazelnuts. I managed to find a recipe online, and made a few adjustments. It was pretty easy, and holy cow was it delicious. To make this tasty tasty soup, you’ll need:

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1 Cup Chopped or Ground Hazelnuts
Half of One Red Delicious Apple
Half of One Granny Smith Apple
1 Medium Sized Leek (use mainly the white part)
1 Medium Parsnip or Two Smaller Ones
1 Medium Onion
3 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Flour
4 cups (1 quart) of vegetable stock
1 Cup Heavy Cream

The first step is to chop everything, and get that task out of the way. Cut everything pretty small, but it can be a rather rough chop seeing as everything will eventually blended. But the smaller the pieces, the faster they will cook.

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Then, in a medium/large saucepan over medium heat, add the hazelnuts and toast them until they start to smell sweet. Watch them closely, you don’t want them to burn! This part will give your soup a lot of the sweet & delicious nut flavor. Once they are nice & toasty, add the butter & all the vegetables. Let everything cook for about 10 minutes, or until things start to get soft.

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After that, coat the vegetables with the flour & add the vegetable stock. Let everything simmer for about 10 – 20 minutes or until everything is nice & soft & cooked. It will be easier to blend once all the vegetables are cooked, and this gives all the flavors some good time to all marry.

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Once those guys are all set, add the heavy cream and mix everything around a bit to let the cream get thick. Once everything is nice & combined, add some salt & pepper to taste.

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If you wish, you can leave everything like this, for a more “rustic” soup. But otherwise, this is where you blend everything up. Pop the mixture into a blender and blend until it’s pureed.

Then viola! You’ve got some hazelnut soup, Fangirl.

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This was seriously tasty. Much better than I expected it to be. I was happy to have added the apple, but would maybe use a shallot next time in place of the onion for extra flavor. But really, this soup is like woah.

Eat up, Fangirls!


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