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Fresh Cream of Celery Soup

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Celery soup appears to have fallen by the wayside over the years, as has celery in general. It’s too bad as celery is a nutritional powerhouse as well as low in calories. And, it tastes good! I remember as a child even Campbell’s canned soup had Cream of Celery, which was often used in condensed form for the liquid in the ubiquitous casseroles of the 50’s. Actually, maybe that’s reason celery soup fell out of fashion; the canned version wasn’t anything to write home about. At any rate, I really like this soup and I hope you’ll try it as it’s really good. On a cold afternoon or evening, add a grilled cheese sandwich and you’re set.

 

Fresh Cream of Celery Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound celery (about 2 cups) chopped (outside stalks are fine)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup peeled and diced potato
  • 6 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons vegetable oil and 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 to 1 cup milk (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill weed (1 teaspoon dried)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Splash of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
  • Garnishes: dill weed, parsley, lemon slices, Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Instructions

  1. Cook celery, onion, and potato gently in the butter in a covered pan for 10 minutes. Don't let the vegetables brown. Add stock and 1/2 teaspoon of dill weed. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are fork-tender.
  2. Blend the soup with an immersion blender or blender. Strain to remove celery strings, then add milk or more broth if the soup is too thick. Heat the soup until hot but not boiling, season to taste with salt, pepper and more dill weed plus a splash of lemon juice.
  3. Add the vanilla and cream, and mix gently. Add freshly grated nutmeg if desired.
  4. Garnishes: dill weed, parsley, lemon slices, Greek yogurt or sour cream.
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is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company (www.vanillaqueen.com), a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. She also does culinary presentations for food professionals, cooking schools, trade shows, food fairs, and private groups, and is a regular radio and TV guest.
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