Originally Posted by kitchenelf
jpm - if you ever get your hands on parsnips buy them and plan on making this soup. Parsnips will impart a flavor that just won't be there otherwise...BUT, without them it will still be wonderful!!!! This is probably a silly question since you can't get either parsnips or turnips - BUT, can you get celeriac? That may work as a "substitute" but NOTHING will compare to a parsnip.
Yes, kitchenelf, the parsnips definitely add another dimension of flavor. Kind of peppery. The parsnip texture is also a great part of the soup.
And, yes, this is a wonderfully rich, delightful soup. Definitely a great use of oxtails.