Cream of Celery Soup

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 3:00 AM, February 6, 2013

Aired February 6, 2013

Serves 4-6
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, diced
1 bunch organic celery, chopped with leafy tops, about 6 cups
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
Celery salt
Black pepper
1 large fresh bay leaf
2 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 medium celery root, peeled and cubed
6 cups chicken stock, homemade or store-bought (or the poaching liquid from the chicken for Chicken and Green Bean Casserole)
2 cups heavy whipping cream

Heat a soup pot over medium heat and melt butter. When it begins to foam, add celery, onions and garlic; season with celery salt and pepper. Add fresh bay leaf to pot, partially cover and cook until very tender and soft, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add potatoes, celeriac and stock or poaching liquid to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low rolling boil and simmer, partially covered, for another 20 minutes. Stir in cream and pure with an immersion blender. Cool soup then store for make-ahead meal.

Place soup in a soup pot, bring to simmer and taste to adjust seasoning. Serve in shallow bowls.