frugal winter warmer: creamy celery soup

creamy celery soupCelery is in season at the moment making it a perfect choice for a warming winter soup.

Celery is a bit of an underrated vegetable – it’s often used a flavour base for soups and stews alongside carrots and onions, but is rarely showcased on it’s own, unless you count eating celery sticks as a snack on a diet.

Which is a shame, because celery is a particularly healthy vegetable with strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

This celery soup is a luxurious, creamy soup with a delicate flavour. It’s also amazingly cheap.

I recently purchased a celery bunch for $1 and used about half for the soup. Using homemade stock and a couple of spuds and leeks, this soup was less than $3 for the pot. It would have been less than $2 if I used onions instead of leeks.

Creamy Celery Soup
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  1. 5 - 6 stalks of celery, chopped
  2. 2 Tbsp. butter
  3. 2 leeks or onions, chopped
  4. 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  5. 2 1/2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
  6. 1 1/4 cups of milk
  7. 2 Tbsp. cream or sour cream
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt butter in a large soup pot and add celery, potato and leek. Cook gently in butter for 15 minutes.
  2. Add stock and milk, cover and bring slowly to simmering point. Cook over a low heat for 20 - 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Watch that the soup doesn't boil over.
  3. Blend soup to a puree then stir in cream. Season to taste.
Adapted from Delia's Frugal Food
Adapted from Delia's Frugal Food
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5 Responses to “frugal winter warmer: creamy celery soup”
  1. Yum, this sounds really good :) I’ve really gotten into soups lately because it’s been so cold and they’re such a frugal meal. My favourite is chicken, but I’ll have to give this one a go.

  2. Eileen Miles says:

    Watching Jamie’s 15 or 30min meal show he added white rice instead of milk or cream.Apparently when liquidised or blitzed it makes the soup creamy. This could be a good hint if you are lactose intolerant.
    But I agree I love celery in any way or form.Ever tried one of those cheese sticks(lunch box type) laid down the middle of a stick of celery as a snack. Add vegemite or promite – takes it to another level of YUM!

    • That’s a great idea, thanks! Some extra potatoes might do the same too. Rice would be cheaper than milk as well! I guess it would be similar to adding rice milk, except cheaper as you use all the rice.

  3. Eileen Miles says:

    p.s. the rice is added at the beginning of the cooking so it if fully cooked through and soft.