Celery Root Soup

Celery Root Soup



  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 leeks (cleaned and chopped)
  • sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 1 celery root (large, about 3-pounds, 1.5kg, peeled and cubed)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 11/4 tsps ground white pepper (freshly-)
  • 1/8 tsp chile powder (I used Rancho Gordo)
Total Time
40 min


1. In a large pot, melt the butter with the olive oil.

2. Add the leeks and cook for about five minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic cloves and season with salt, and continue to cook until the leeks and garlic are soft and translucent. If the pot begins to brown too much on the bottom as they cook, add another pat of butter or pour of olive oil.

3. Add the celery root and stock. (Or use all water.) Bring to a boil, then reduce to a strong simmer. Cook, with the lid to the pot ajar on top, until the celery root pieces are soft and easily pierced with a paring knife, about forty five minutes.

4. Add white pepper and chile powder, the purée using a hand mixer, or let the soup cool to room temperature and whiz in a blender until smooth. Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper if desired. If the soup is too thick, it can be thinned with water or stock.

To serve, rewarm the soup in a saucepan and ladle into bowls.

Variations: Celery root has a distinctive flavor, but don’t hesitate to experiment with adding other ingredients.

Cubes of pear or apple could be cooked with the cubes of celery root and puréed, a dusting of nutmeg, or some tangy crème fraîche instead of the olive oil are all worthy additions.

I’m a big fan of chucks of crisp bacon floating around in there, or you can even add a swirl of another root vegetable soup, such as beet or carrot. And if you’re feeling opulent, this soup lends itself very well to shaved truffles scattered over the top.

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 540mg 23%
Potassium 180mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber less than 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2%
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