Looking for a delicious and healthy soup? Try this celery soup recipe made with fresh celery, onion, potatoes, and a few simple spices. Perfect for a cozy dinner or meal prep.
Ingredients for Healthy Celery Soup
- Celery: Look for fresh, crisp celery stalks with bright green leaves. Organic celery is a good choice since conventionally grown celery is often heavily sprayed with pesticides.
- Celery root: Also known as celeriac, this root vegetable has a mild celery flavor and can be found at specialty grocery stores or farmers' markets. Look for a firm, unblemished root.
- Onion: It adds flavor and depth to the soup. If you prefer a milder onion flavor, you can use a sweet onion instead of a regular onion.
- Potatoes: Choose large, firm potatoes with smooth skin. Russet potatoes work well in this recipe since they break down and thicken the soup as they cook.
- Vegetable broth: Use a good-quality, low-sodium vegetable broth to enhance the flavor of the soup. You can also use homemade vegetable broth if you have it on hand.
- Mushrooms: Use fresh white or brown button mushrooms. Clean them gently with a damp cloth or paper towel before slicing.
- Olive oil: Extra-virgin olive oil is a healthy choice for cooking and adds flavor to the soup. You can substitute it with any other vegetable oil you prefer.
- Salt and pepper
How to Make Celery Soup
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add the diced onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until translucent.
- Add the sliced celery, celery root and potatoes to the pot. Season with salt and pepper, and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the soup cook for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
- In a separate pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the sliced mushrooms and sauté until browned and tender.
- Add the cooked mushrooms to the pot of soup and stir to combine.
- Serve the soup hot, garnished with sliced spring onions.
- Use fresh celery: Fresh celery will have the most flavor and nutritional value. Look for firm, bright green celery stalks that are not wilted or rubbery.
- Don't overcook the celery: Overcooked celery can become mushy and lose its texture. Cook the celery just until it is tender but still has a slight crunch.
- Use a blender: To achieve a smooth and creamy texture, blend the soup in a blender or use an immersion blender.
- Adjust the consistency: If the soup is too thick, add more broth or water to thin it out. If it's too thin, let it simmer for a few more minutes to reduce and thicken.
- Experiment with different vegetables: Celery pairs well with many other vegetables, so feel free to add in some other vegetables like carrots or broccoli to the soup.
- Don't be afraid to season: Celery soup can benefit from a good dose of salt and pepper, so don't be afraid to season to taste.
Here are some celery soup recipe variations that you can try:
- Creamy celery soup: Add a splash of heavy cream or coconut milk to the soup after blending it for a creamy and velvety texture.
- Curried celery soup: Add curry powder, cumin, and coriander to the soup for a warming and spicy twist.
- Lemon and thyme celery soup: Add fresh thyme and a squeeze of lemon juice to the soup for a bright and fresh flavor.
- Roasted celery soup: Roast the celery and onions in the oven before adding them to the soup for a deeper and smokier flavor.
- Carrot and celery soup: Add chopped carrots to the soup for a sweeter and more colorful dish.
- Chicken and celery soup: Add shredded chicken to the soup for a protein boost and a more substantial meal.
- Spicy celery soup: Add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the soup for a kick of heat.
- Celery and apple soup: Add diced apples to the soup for a sweet and tangy flavor contrast.
- Let the soup cool down to room temperature before storing it.
- Transfer to an airtight container or a large glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
- To reheat, gently warm it on the stove or in the microwave, stirring occasionally until it is hot throughout.
- If you have leftovers that you don't plan to eat within 4-5 days, consider freezing the soup for later consumption.
- Discard any leftover soup that has been sitting at room temperature for more than 2 hours, as it can spoil quickly.
❗ Note that the soup may thicken slightly as it sits in the refrigerator due to the starch in the potatoes. If the soup is too thick, you can thin it out with a little bit of vegetable broth or water when reheating it.
Can You Freeze Celery Soup?
Yes, you can freeze celery soup for later consumption. Here are some tips to keep in mind when freezing celery soup:
- Let the soup cool down to room temperature before freezing it.
- Transfer to a freezer-safe container with an airtight lid, leaving some space at the top to allow for expansion.
- Label the container with the date and contents of the soup.
- Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- When ready to eat, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or using the defrost setting on your microwave.
- Reheat it on the stove or in the microwave until it is hot throughout, stirring occasionally.
Note that since celery soup contains potatoes, the texture may change slightly after freezing and reheating, becoming slightly grainy or mushy. However, the flavor should still be good.
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