The winter is slowly receding what with the days getting hotters and the nights warm. But still there is a nip in the air and the cold winds that sometime take your breath away. Ofcourse you still need sweaters or jackets sometimes and those times you come home and stuff yourself warm soups that are filling and also make a quick yet perfect supper.
This is a simple yet healthy celery soup that I have tried from Vidya's blog as a part of the Blog Hop Wednesdays new edition. This was the first time I was trying celery as a main hero(ine ) rather than an aromatic and greeny side kick. I was sceptical, but the soup was perfect -creamy and comforting and very aromatic.
Butter: 1-2 tbsp
Celery : chopped about 1.5 -2 cups (leaves and stem)
Onion: 1 medium size chopped
Garlic : 1-2 small cloves minced
Potato: 1 medium size chopped finely
Milk: 1/2 cup +/-
Vegetable Stock: 1/2 cup + as needed
Water: as needed
Salt, Fresh Black Pepper and White Pepper: as per taste
Melt butter in a deep pan and add in the chopped onion,garlic and celery. Saute for a few minutes till it emanates nice aroma and the onions are transparent. Then add chopped potatoes, milk and stock and/or water along with little salt and both the peppers. I used a mix of stock and water and just enough milk and then brought it to boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let it cook covered till the potatoes are done or fork tender. This may take about 20-25 minutes or so and once done allow it to cool a bit.
Puree the soup in batches if needed and put back into the bowl and heat through. Add more stock/water or milk if needed to adjust the thickness and also check for salt and seasoning.
Serve by ladling into bowl along with grilled breadsticks or your choice of accompaniments.
Simple delicious and filling soup with all the comfort needed in winter.