Celery Soup


For those of you who have clicked through to this recipe for celery soup, congratulations for your open-mindedness.

It’s a tricky one, celery. Lots of people take a bite of a raw stick of celery, wince at the bitterness and disregard it from then onwards. But when celery is cooked, its flavour changes entirely. Celery is a great enhancer, and enriches dishes – from soups to ragu to pie fillings. So when a recipe calls for celery, I never skip it out. It rarely makes the dish taste of celery, but it adds a definite depth.

The problem is that these recipes only usually require one or two sticks. Celery is sold as a bunch though, which means that there’s a lot which gets left behind – lingering in my fridge until the celery sticks lose all rigidity and get binned.

Last week I made pearl barley soup, and the leftover celery has been taking up fridge space ever since. So today I decided to do something about it, and I turned it into…you’ve guessed it, another soup. Because celery is so unusually low in calories, I figured that it was ok to use an unusually large amount of butter, as well as some creme fraiche, to turn this into a really deliciously creamy and elegant soup for a cold and wet Wednesday.

Celery Soup, serves 2

25g butter
300g celery, finely sliced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
350ml chicken stock
50g creme fraiche

1. Heat the butter in the pan, add the celery and soften for 10-12 minutes
2. Cook the garlic for another couple of minutes, and then cover with chicken stock.
3. Add the creme fraiche, blend, and season with salt and pepper.



    • says

      I hate celery but can’t help but think if you have eaten possible dog food in Mongolia I should be able to swing some soup. Not to mention that I, through a series of not so interesting events, have a bunch of celery in my fridge. Soup it is! Sadly I can’t find creme fraiche in São Paulo. Would you happen to know of a possible substitute?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>