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Cream of celery soup

Cream of celery soup
Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

Sometimes it's the flavors that are right under our noses -- or buried in the crisper drawer -- that are most worth celebrating. Take celery. Because it's integral to so many recipes, a dedicated cook always has it around. Celery ... Read more

Total time: 50 minutes | Serves 4
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 Idaho potato (about 3/4 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2 -inch dice (a scant 2 cups diced)
  • 10 stalks celery, trimmed and cut into 1/2 -inch slices (about 6 cups sliced)
  • 5 cups homemade chicken stock or good-quality purchased chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
  • Celery leaves for garnish

Step 1Melt the butter in a soup pot. Add the onions and cook over medium heat until translucent, about 7 or 8 minutes.

Step 2Add the potato, celery and chicken stock or broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes and celery are very tender, about 20 minutes.

Step 3Puree in a food processor or blender (you'll need to do this in two or three batches), then pass the soup through a medium sieve, pressing the solids with the back of a wooden spoon.

Step 4Pour into a clean pot, add the salt and pepper to taste, then stir in the cream, if desired. The soup may be kept warm on low heat until ready to serve.

Step 5Cut the celery leaves into chiffonade and garnish the soup before serving.


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