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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  1. says

    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!

    • says

      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.