Ingredients

How to make it

  • First, choose a root that’s roughly baseball-size and that feels firm and hard – never spongy – and heavy for its size. To prepare it, plunk it in the sink and attack it with your vegetable peeler. The smoother, non-rooty end is easy to peel with a few quick, decisive strokes, and then the root end can be trimmed with a sharp knife. You may lose more of the bulb than you might expect – these little buggers can be craggy, calling for some serious trimming. But once the celery root is ready, you’re most of the way there. The delicate flavor of this soup begs for a clean, mild broth – and preferably one that’s homemade. If you’ve made some good chicken broth lately, by all means, use that.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm 2 Tbs olive oil. Add the leek, onion, celery, and garlic, and sauté until softened but not browned, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the celery root, broth, and salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, partially cover, and simmer until the celery root is very tender. It should break apart easily when poked with a fork; on my stove, this takes about 35-45 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat.
  • Using a blender and working in small batches – when working with hot liquids, never fill the blender more than 1/3 full! - purée the soup until very smooth. Add the remaining ½ Tbs oil and the milk, and stir to incorporate. Taste, and adjust seasoning as necessary. Reheat gently until just steaming.

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  • kilby 6 years ago
    I can't find celery root anywhere!!!
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    darbar ate it and said...
    Not sure where to find it in your area. There's only one store around here that carries it. It's in the produce department generally, in the "specialty" area. Otherwise try a farmer's market or ask around with the managers of stores. I know that eastern Europeans use it a lot for soups, so maybe if you have an ethnic area like that you could try the stores in those areas. Good luck! :-) I'll check out the salad. Thanks!
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  • maccabeth 7 years ago
    Ooh.. you should try the celery/celeriac salad from Jamie Oliver! Divine!! Except, I had to sub rutabaga for celery root. Where in the world can you find celery root in a store? I went to regular grocery stores and Whole foods....
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  • krumkake 7 years ago
    I have never tried using celery root - can't wait to try this one.
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  • nan 7 years ago
    THANK U FOR THE GREAT RECIPE. MY BROTHER IS A GREAT COOK AND LOVES TO TRY DIFFERENT SOUPS. I THINK THIS ON WILL BE ON THE TOP OF HIS LIST.
    NAN
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    darbar ate it and said...
    Thanks Softy! I'm so glad you liked it! And I liked your "La la la" too!
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    softgrey ate it and said...
    la la la...

    i just made this and it is so good..
    really really good...

    i almost didn't add the milk since it was so good just with the pureed veggies and stock...
    so i added the milk very slowly and kept tasting...
    i have to say -the milk really changes the texture and takes it to another level...

    i did as you suggested darbar-
    shallots IN the recipe (2) and then a bit of chopped green onion on top....worked beautifully...

    at the last minute i also added some crumbled blue cheese as a garnish (just because i had it available)

    this would be great to serve to guests-
    maximum flavour with minimal effort--the biggest project was cleaning the clelriac...
    *i loved your instruction for how to clean it darbar!!...it was my first time with celereiac and you made it less intimidating!!

    ;-)...

    thanks for a great recipe...
    definitley a keeper!...
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  • dee 7 years ago
    Darbar, I am so happy you posted this recipe, it sounds wonderful. I have been using Celeriac (celery root) for Root Veg. Mash for ages... I am so happy to find something else to do with it.
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    darbar ate it and said...
    Either one would be great. I happen to love shallots so if it was me, I would use them and maybe garnish with sliced green onions?
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    softgrey ate it and said...
    i dont' have any leek...
    can i substitute shallot or green onion...?
    whichi wold be better?

    maybe shallot since you said it's best mild?
    or maybe a little of each?..

    thoughts?
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    edensong ate it and said...
    Thank you for posting this. I only recently discovered celery root and I LOVE it.
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