A hearty and thick soup made with vegetables, the root of the celery plant, and pears. Very warming. It is very popular in England. Don't be intimidated by all the ingredients, most can be omitted according to taste or availability. Apples can be substituted for the pears, if desired. Garnish with a pinch of fresh parsley, a slice of butter, or a small glob of cream. Enjoy with a hearty bread or crackers.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 cups
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, shallot, and onion. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the celeriac, carrot, celery, potato, and 1 cup of the vegetable broth; cook and stir until the vegetables are heated, about 5 minutes before pouring in the remaining broth. Season with the pepper, tarragon, sage, thyme, and parsley; gently stir the pears into the mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

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  • Remove the soup from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes; stir the cream into the soup. Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth and pour into a clean pot. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the soup right in the cooking pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

Cook's Note:

If the soup does not come out thick enough when blended, add flour to thicken to your liking.

Nutrition Facts

193 calories; protein 4.7g 9% DV; carbohydrates 32.9g 11% DV; fat 5.9g 9% DV; cholesterol 15.9mg 5% DV; sodium 460.6mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2010
Delicious! I used 1 quart Veg stock (4 cups) instead of the called for 8. It made a nice and thick puree. This recipe makes a ton but it reheats well. So healthy and tasty! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2012
Very good. I had to skip the heavy cream so I bet it's even better if you follow the recipe exactly. Just a note: Celeriac isn't the root of the celery plant. It's a different plant altogether with a mild celery/parsley taste. It's easier to peel if you slice it and then cut the peel off like you would cut off the crusts on a slice of bread. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2010
Delicious! I used 1 quart Veg stock (4 cups) instead of the called for 8. It made a nice and thick puree. This recipe makes a ton but it reheats well. So healthy and tasty! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2010
Wow! For a vegetable soup this was really great. I only used 2 quarts of stock total and mashed rather than pureed the soup. I also used skim milk and a Tbsp of flour instead of cream to cut the fat. There was a little bit left over and I cook black eyed peas in it with a little chicken broth and they were exceptional also. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2012
Very good. I had to skip the heavy cream so I bet it's even better if you follow the recipe exactly. Just a note: Celeriac isn't the root of the celery plant. It's a different plant altogether with a mild celery/parsley taste. It's easier to peel if you slice it and then cut the peel off like you would cut off the crusts on a slice of bread. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/21/2016
I wish I could say that I liked it more as it is certainly a very unique combination of ingredients for a soup. I think the sweetness overwhelmed me and the celeriac wasn't quite a strong enough flavour to offset it. Perhaps cutting the pears back to one or two instead of three would have made it better for me. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2020
My husband says that this is restaurant quality soup. I do not have access to celeriac root so I substituted 2 whole stalks of celery including the celery leaves. I do remove the celery strings otherwise even when I blend it I have a few little stringy pieces. Anyone that we have shared it has really enjoyed it. Read More