Homemade cream of celery soup is not just for cold winter nights, and you’ll be shocked by how easy it is to make.
With the price of food increasing, it’s crucial to think about food waste and self-sustainability.
As you’ll find out below, celery is easy to keep growing, and the entire celery is edible, even the flowers.
I’ve created both a keto cream of celery recipe and a non-keto, but to be honest; there’s not much difference.
Simple Celery Soup
If you enjoy cream-based soups and have celery that needs use, this cream of celery soup will surprise you.
While looking in the refrigerator, I noticed we had celery that desperately needed use.
Although I don’t mind eating raw celery with some cream cheese or a creamy dip, our celery wasn’t in that phase.
I’ve added celery to a roast dinner or into the crock pot to add flavour to my creations, but never have I mustered up a celery soup recipe before.
To use an ingredient, you must understand what it is first.
What Is Celery?
Celery (Apium graveolens) is a cultivated plant, a variety in the family Apiaceae, commonly used as a vegetable.
Depending on location and cultivar, its stalks or hypocotyl are eaten and used in cooking.
In North America, the dominant variety most commonly available in trade is “celery,” whose stalks are eaten raw, or as an ingredient in salads, or as a flavouring in soups, stews, and pot roasts.
In Europe, the dominant variety most commonly available in trade is celeriac, whose hypocotyl forms a large bulb eaten raw, grated in a salad, cooked, or as the primary ingredient in a soup.
It is commonly, but incorrectly, called “celery root.”
The leaves of rapaceum are used as a seasoning, but its fibrous stalks find only marginal use.
You will find celery seeds used in a recipe as a spice where their oil is extracted for medicines.
The plant grows to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall.- Source Wikipedia (see link above for even more info)
Garbage Gardening Celery
Garbage gardening is new to me as I’ve never heard it called that before, but it makes sense.
Most of what people throw in the garbage or compost can re-grow the same product.
My father-in-law does this with many of the plants in his garden.
Once you become a master gardener, you become the doctor of the garden.
You know how to sustain life or create life from seed.
Source: 17 Apart Blog
A couple of years ago, I remember when my wife and I tried to grow celery from the base, which we cut off, soaked, and planted once the shoots started to show.
As Mary and Tim will show you in their extensive post about Growing Celery Indoors, it does work.
I love all the photos they provide, and although our celery didn’t turn out as remarkable, I’d imagine taking good care of it is vital, and I didn’t have the time.
Growing your celery is undoubtedly a great way to cut grocery expenses, as it will be one less food item to buy when you shop.
Keeping Costs Down At The Grocery Store
Celery at the grocery store can cost about $2.99-$3.99, with organic celery costing even more.
If we don’t buy celery, we often look for fennel which is Italian celery with bite and great for this recipe.
It’s an excellent alternative for those who love celery but just not the vast prices. Even then, fennel costs rise out of season.
When fennel is in season, it’s easy to find a large fennel bulb for about $3.00-$4.00 but expect to pay more for organic fennel.
For today’s cream of celery soup recipe, I used celery that we bought at a local community market in our downtown centre.
I was fortunate to pay only $1.99, a great deal compared to prices we’ve seen the past year up to $5.99.
How To Preserve Celery After Buying It
Typically I wrap celery in tin foil as it will help keep it fresh longer in the crisper of your refrigerator.
If you’re a skeptic, don’t be; it works!
Using Celery In A Recipe
This time though, I cut the celery into little sticks for my wife; however, she was too slow to eat it, so I needed to use it.
Luckily I was off for a few days because of a significant ice storm in Ontario, which meant no catching up on sleep.
Our son never leaves me alone because he gets so excited when I’m home which means whatever I do, he’s beside me.
Since our son is a huge fan of making pretend soup in the pot, he was banging away while I made a pot of cream of celery soup.
Win-win, especially when he sees daddy cook, as I’d like him to learn how to cook so he doesn’t cash out on convenience foods as he grows older.
I’m a big fan of split peas with ham soup, cauliflower soup, cream of potato soup, and cream of tomato soup.
Although I’ve never made cream of celery soup before, I’ve made plenty of cream soups.
Using the same concept to make the other cream soups, I’ve created an easy Cream of Celery Soup.
If you’re not a fan of the creamy part, you could leave the flour, cream, and milk out of the recipe and keep it broth-based.
Since my wife eats a keto diet, broth-based soup without sugar and flour is perfect.
An alternative soup thickener instead of flour is xanthan gum for under $7.00 and is used quite a bit.
Garnish this gorgeous bowl of cream of celery soup with shaved or chopped celery, parsley, and chopped chives.
Add sour cream or shredded cheddar cheese to jazz it further up.
How To Make Keto Cream Of Celery Soup
I have the ingredients for both the keto cream of celery soup and regular cream of celery soup.
You can choose which works best for your lifestyle as they are equally delicious.
The only real difference is the addition of flour and xanthan gum, depending on which version you make.
The Best Cream Of Celery Soup (Keto and Regular Version)
The printable version is down below.
- Author: Mr.CBB
- Prep time: 10 mins
- Cook time: 20 mins
- Total time: 30 mins. Serves: 4
If you enjoy cream-based soups and have extra celery, this cream of celery soup is perfect.
- 1 small yellow, white or red onion diced
- 1/4 cup of unsalted butter softened
- 3 cups of chopped celery (small dice)
- Celery leaves and clean stems (add everything you have washed up 1-2 cups)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 3 cups of chicken broth or bone broth
- 1 tablespoon soy seasoning or soy sauce
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1/2 cup whole milk + 1/3 cup half and half cream or Keto use 1/2 cup of 35% whipping cream + 1/2 cup cold water (this is in addition to the 1 cup of water above)
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1/3 of a cup of all-purpose flour or 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon of ground mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar (no sugar for Keto)
- Toppings: Fresh chives, parsley, shredded cheddar, sour cream
- Melt the butter on medium heat in a significant pot, then add the diced onions, garlic, chopped celery, and celery leaves.
- Cook for about 5 minutes until translucent.
- Add salt, sugar (non-keto eliminate sugar), ground mustard and ground pepper.
- Add in the all-purpose flour (xanthan gum for Keto) and stir for 2 minutes until combined and a bit golden in colour.
- Add chicken stock or bone broth, soy seasoning, cold water, cream (Keto) or milk (regular). See the ingredient list.)
- Bring to a boil, then reduce for 10-15 minutes.
- Garnish the bowl with any topping ingredients you desire.
- Serve with a sandwich, wrap, crackers or salad of choice.
Once you know how to make a cream-based soup, you can turn any vegetable into cream of something soup.
Calories: 439kcal | Net Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 30g |
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