Autumn is slowly creeping upon us. Her cool demeanor and elegant appearance is certainly present in the Rhineland.
A tree outside my window has already been brushed with Autumn’s golden red hand.
When the temperatures begin to drop along with the cool rain, one food item is on my mind.
Several days ago I showed you the ugly duckling of root vegetables. The celery root, or celeriac.
Yesterday, this ugly duckling grew into a beautiful swan when I made celeriac soup.
Start by gathering your ingredients.
Then blend until smooth! If you don’t own an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender or food processor, just be sure to work in small batches, blender no more than 1/2 full. The heat pressure along with the pressure from blending can cause an over-full blender to burst. Better safe than sorry.
This soup is so comforting and rich. Perfect for an early Autumn day.
I already plan to buy another celeriac and leek from my fruit and vegetable lady on Tuesday so I can make this soup again.
I was feeling extra generous last night and gave the remaining two portions to my neighbor/ colleague/ friend’s mom who is preparing for knee surgery next week. When I called to ask if she and her husband would like fresh homemade celeriac soup for dinner, the response was a definite, yes!
I hope you try the recipe and love it too!
Ready in 45 minutes and very easy
3 large servings
- 1 celeriac, cleaned, peeled and cubed
- 1 potato, cleaned and cubed
- 2 small onions, roughly chopped
- 1 leek, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 handful fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives and thyme
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. nutmeg, or to taste
- pepper to taste
- crème fraiche for garnish
- Heat the oil and butter in a pan and add the chopped celeriac, potato, onions, garlic, and leek. Allow to cook for 10 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
- Add the broth and bay leaf. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the celeriac and potato are soft.
- Remove the bay leaf and add your fresh herbs. Stir then blend until smooth. (See important safety note about blending above.) Stir in the nutmeg and pepper. Dish, garnish, serve and enjoy.