Mel and Mal's Cream of Celery Soup

Ingredients
  • 1 good size head celery diced including leaves
  • 900 ml chicken stock (made up of water and chicken bouillon)
  • 25g plain flour
  • 75g butter
  • 150ml butter
  • 150ml single cream or low fat version
  • Pinch of dried Herb province
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Malvern sea salt to taste
  • Cayenne pepper and celery leaves to decorate

A delicious full flavoured soup to warm the cockles of your heart!

Celery is plentiful at the moment and in a soup is both filling and healthy. A great way of getting vegetables into the kids too!

Serves : 4        Prep/Cooking Time : 45 mins

Tip : Serve with some crispy croutons sprinkled on the top!

Instructions

Cook the Celery

Wash celery, peel and chop into small chunks and add a large saucepan with the butter and on a medium heat cook for 5 minutes stirring all the time to fully coat the celery.

Drain off the butter and add to another pan

Add the chicken stock to the celery and add the seasoning and dried herbs

Bring to the boil then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes

Get Blitzing!

Take out a few celery pieces and reserve

Taking a stick blender blitz the celery until well blended and then push through a sieve.

Thicken & Finish

Add back the celery pieces and put the mixture aside

Add the reserved butter to the saucepan and gently bring to the boil.

Add the flour and blend well with the butter and cook for 2 minutes.

Slowly add the milk whisking all the time until thickened.

Blend the white sauce into the celery soup and continue to stir whilst bringing to the boil.

Add the cream and then check the seasoning.

Serve with crispy croutons for that extra crunch and texture

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