Cream of Celery Soup

You’ll be surprised how appealing homemade cream of celery soup is! Whip up this celery soup recipe with onions, garlic, leeks, stock, and a little cream.

Creamy Celery Soup
Elise Bauer
Creamy Celery Soup
Elise Bauer

Time to curl up under a cozy blanket and enjoy a warm bowl of soup. This week's pick? A classic cream of celery soup.

Why Celery Makes Such a Great Soup 

Like cabbage, celery is an oft neglected vegetable, prized for its place in a mirepoix, but rarely the star of the show. Which is silly when you think about it, given how good celery is in soups. (Can you imagine chicken soup without it?)

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Celery soup, with a supporting cast of some onion, leeks, and a little cream, is utterly delicious, and the perfect way to warm up on a chilly day.

How to Buy and Store Celery

Choose celery that has no discoloration with tight, crisp stalks that can break easily when snapped. If stalks are rubbery or fall apart from each other easily, it is not fresh. The leaves should be vibrant green and not wilted.

To store, remove celery from its plastic and tightly wrap the entire bunch in foil. Place in the refrigerator crisper drawer.

Ingredient Swaps for Celery Soup

  • No leeks? Increase the onion.
  • Don’t do dairy? Simmer a small peeled, diced potato with the soup, which will lend a creamy texture once pureed. (You may need to add a little more stock when you puree the soup.)
  • Substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock.
  • Add some chopped celery leaves in Step 2 to kick up the celery flavor.
  • Add minced ginger.
  • Substitute white pepper for the freshly ground black pepper.

How to Store and Reheat This Recipe

Refrigerate leftover soup in a tightly covered container for 3 to 4 days. Stir to combine any ingredients that have separated and reheat over medium heat until bubbly, but not boiling.

Freeze leftover soup in a freezer safe zipper bag or container for up to 3 months. After 3 months the soup is still safe to eat from the freezer, but its flavor will begin to fade. Defrost in the refrigerator. Stir to combine any ingredients that have separated and reheat over medium heat until bubbly, but not boiling.

More Celery Recipes to Make

From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Cream of Celery Soup

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 65 mins
Servings 4 to 5 servings

Taste the raw celery you plan to use in this soup. The celery should be fresh and good on its own, not old or bitter. If you have a particularly tough or bitter bunch of celery, please don't use it in this soup. Find another use for it.

Ingredients

  •  3 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced leeks, white and light green parts only

  • 1 large bunch or 2 small bunches celery, divided

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • 1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, to taste

  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup cream

  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • Fresh chopped chives or parsley for garnish

Method

  1. Sauté the onions, leeks, and celery:

    Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a thick-bottomed 4 to 5 quart pot on medium heat. Add the diced onion, leeks, and 5 cups of the chopped celery.

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    Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes until softened. Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute more.

  2. Add the stock, bay leaves, and salt, then simmer:

    Add the chicken stock and bay leaves to the pot. Taste for salt and add salt.

    (If you are using unsalted butter and unsalted stock, you will need to add more salt than you expect. If not, maybe just a little salt will be needed.)

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    Increase the heat to bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to low and cover to maintain a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.

  3. Braise the remaining celery to soften:

    While the soup is simmering, prepare the extra celery that will be added later to the soup. In a separate small sauté pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter on medium heat. Add 1 1/2 cups diced celery to the butter.

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    Ladle 1/2 cup of the simmering stock from the soup pot into the sauté pan. Simmer on low for 5 or 6 minutes to soften the celery. Set aside.

  4. Purée the soup:

    Remove the soup pot from the heat, and let cool slightly. Remove and discard the bay leaves.

    Using an immersion blender to purée the soup.

    If you don't have an immersion blender, carefully purée the soup in a stand blender in batches. Fill the blender no more than a third full at a time (keep your hand on the lid so the hot liquid doesn't explode). Return the puréed soup to the pot.

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  5. Stir in the cream and the braised diced celery:

    Taste for salt and add more if needed. Serve hot, sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper and garnished with chopped chives or parsley.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
231 Calories
15g Fat
18g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 5
Amount per serving
Calories 231
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 1061mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 617mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.