HOMEMADE CREAM OF CELERY SOUP IS NOT JUST FOR WINTER
If you love cream-based soups and have extra celery kicking around the refrigerator that needs using up this cream of celery soup will wake up your taste-buds and surprise your wallet.
Today, I have recipes for both Keto and non-keto cream of celery soup which I think will appeal to many of my readers.
While I was looking in the refrigerator the other day I noticed that we had celery that desperately needed using up.
Although I don’t mind eating raw celery with some cream cheese or a dip of some kind I wasn’t quite sure about cooking celery.
I’ve added celery to a roast dinner or into the crock-pot to add flavour to my crock-pot creations but never have I mustered up a cooked celery recipe before.
In order to use an ingredient, you must understand what it is first.
What is celery?
Celery (Apium graveolens) is a cultivated plant, variety in the family Apiaceae, commonly used as a vegetable.
Depending on location and cultivar, either its stalks or its 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 flavoring in soups, stews, and pot roasts.
In Europe the dominant variety most commonly available in trade is celeriac whose hypocotyl forms a large bulb which is eaten raw grated in a salad, cooked, or as the major ingredient in a soup.
It is commonly, but incorrectly, called “celery root”.
The leaves of rapaceum are used as seasoning, but its fibrous stalks find only marginal use.
Celery seed is also used as a spice. its extracts are also used in 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 being called that before but it makes sense.
Most of what people throw in the garbage or compost can be used to re-grow the same product.
My father-in-law does this with many of the plants he has in his garden.
I guess once you become a master gardener you become the doctor of the garden.
You know how to sustain life or create life from seed.
I remember back a couple of years ago when the wife and I tried to grow celery from the base which we cut off, soaked and planted once the shoots started to show.
It really does work as Mary and Tim will show you in their extensive post about Growing Celery Indoors.
I love all the photos they provide and although our celery didn’t turn out as wonderful I’d imagine taking good care of it is key and I just didn’t have the time.
Growing your own celery is certainly a great way to cut down on grocery expenses as it will be one less food item to buy when you shop.
These days 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 classified as the Italian celery with bite and also great for this recipe.
It’s a great alternative for those of you who love celery but just not the huge prices. Even then fennel costs rise out of season.
Right now fennel is in season which means you can find a large fennel bulb for about $3.00-$4.00 but expect to pay more for organic fennel.
For this cream of celery soup recipe today I used celery that we bought a local community market in our downtown centre.
I was fortunate to pay only $1.99 which is a great deal compared to prices we’ve seen the past year up to $5.99.
How to preserve celery
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!
This time though I cut the celery into little sticks for my wife however she was too slow eating it so I needed to use it.
What on earth will I make with celery?
Luckily I was off for a few days because of a major ice storm in Ontario which meant still 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 right there 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 pea with ham soup, cream of cauliflower soup, cream of potato soup, cream of tomato soup…cream of just about anything soup.
Although I’ve never made cream of celery soup before I’ve made plenty of cream soups in my time.
Using the same concept as I do to make the other cream soups I’ve created this delicious Cream of Celery Soup.
If you’re not a fan of the creamy part you could always leave the flour, cream, and milk out of the recipe and have this as a flavourful celery soup which is broth-based.
Since my wife eats a Low-Carb, keto diet the broth-based soup without the sugar and flour is perfect.
An alternative soup thickener instead of the flour is xanthan gum which we buy on Amazon for under $7.00 and use it quite a bit.
Garnish this gorgeous bowl of cream of celery soup with shaved or chopped celery, parsley, and chopped chives.
If you want to jazz it up further add sour-cream or shredded cheddar cheese on top.
How To Make Keto Cream Of Celery Soup
I have the ingredients below for both the keto cream of celery soup and regular cream of celery soup.
You can choose which one works best for your lifestyle as they are both equally delicious.
The only real difference is the addition of flour and xanthan gum depending on which version you make.
- 1 small yellow, white or red onion diced
- ¼ cup of unsalted butter softened
- 3 cups of chopped celery (small dice)
- Celery leaves and clean stems (just 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
- ½ cup whole milk + ⅓ cup half and half cream or Keto use ½ cup of 35% whipping cream + ½ cup cold water (this is in addition to the 1 cup of water above)
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- ⅓ of a cup of all-purpose flour or 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon of ground mustard
- ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar (no sugar for Keto)
- Toppings: Fresh chives, parsley, shredded cheddar, sour cream
- In a large pot melt, the butter on medium heat then add the diced onions, garlic, chopped celery, and celery leaves.
- Cook for about 5 minutes until translucent.
- Add in the 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 in the chicken stock or bone broth, soy seasoning, cold water, cream and or milk (depending on keto or non-keto 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 pretty much turn any vegetable into a cream of something soup.
Leave those cans of soup on the grocery store shelves and indulge by making homemade cream of celery soup for your family tonight.
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