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Cream of Celery Soup


This cream of celery soup is garnished with toasted baguette and celery leaf.

  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2005


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 10 pale-green inner ribs celery, coarsely chopped (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped shallots
  • 1 small russet potato (about 6 ounces), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Coarse salt
  • 6 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, or to taste
  • Very thin baguette, toasted
  • Pale-green celery leaves, for garnish


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add celery, shallots, potato, and a pinch of salt. Partially cover; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are soft but not browned, about 15 minutes.

  2. Add stock; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; cover, and cook 30 minutes. Stir in nutmeg. Let cool.

  3. Puree soup in a blender or food processor in batches until completely smooth. Pour through a fine sieve into a large bowl, pressing with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Return soup to pan; stir, and season with salt. Just before serving, heat soup over medium heat (do not boil). Stir in cream, and serve topped with baguette slices; garnish with celery leaves.

Cook's Notes

Soup can be refrigerated, covered, up to 2 days.

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