Celeriac and Apple Soup

The celeriac in the shops are looking great at the moment, in their wonderfully gnarly glory. I do like celeriac, but it is a ‘grown up’ flavour, which I’m sure I would have hated as a child. So this soup is an attempt to make the knobbly old celeriac more child-friendly – whizzed up into a smooth soup and sweetened with apple. To my surprise my girls actually liked it! Definitely a winner of a winter’s lunch.

Celeriac and Apple Soup (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 large or one small celeriac, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 2 apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme, fresh if possible but dried is fine
  • 700ml vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

– Sweat the onion and celery in 1 tbsp oil until soften but not browned.

– Add the celeriac and apple, thyme and about 1/2 tsp salt..

– Pour over the hot stock and bring to a simmer.

– Simmer for 156-20 minutes, until the celeriac is thoroughly cooked through.

– Blitz in a blender or with an immersion blender until totally smooth. Taste and season. Serve scattered with herbs (chives are nice), black pepper and a drizzle of good quality olive oil.

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Celeriac, Apple and Thyme Soup

It’s snowing today in the UK – proper piles of fluffy white stuff everywhere! We normally have a little sprinkle of snow that melts almost immediately, so a decent amount of snow is a reason to celebrate.

School was initially open for the girls, and we had a rather white knuckle drive there on the icy roads, only to decide it was a bad idea and immediately turn around and come home. So the rest of today is a snow day! 🙂

We’ve already sledged to the shops and got rather cold in the process – so this winter warmer of a soup (chosen due to yet another gnarly celeriac in this week’s veg box) was most welcome for lunch. I can’t say the girls loved the flavour of celeriac – maybe it’s a bit of an adult flavour, but D and I enjoyed it greatly. We actually added a bit of horseradish at the end but in reality it didn’t need it, and had a perfectly interesting flavour without.

Celeriac, Apple and Thyme Soup (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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serves 4

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 celeriac, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 sweet apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 small bunch of thyme, leaves picked
  • 700ml vegetable stock

– Sweat off the onion and leek in the oil until nicely soft but not browned

– Add the celeriac and apple and half the thyme leaves. Stir to coat in the onion mix.

– Pour over the hot stock.

– Simmer gently for 20-30 minutes until the celeriac is cooked through.

– Blitz in a liquidizer. Taste and season as required.

– Serve topped with more thyme leaves and a drizzle of olive oil.

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