Tarragon-Celery Soup


Quick cream of celery soup with a lot of flavor and a small kick.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

  • 1 bunch celery, thinly sliced

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ¼ cup dry sherry


  1. Place a large pot over medium-low heat. Add butter and melt to coat the bottom of the pot. Add celery and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent and celery is softened, 10 to 15 minutes. Keep the heat low enough so that the butter does not burn and onion does not brown or caramelize. Add garlic; cook and stir until aromatic, about 1 minute. Stir in salt, white pepper, tarragon, and cayenne.

  2. Meanwhile, place a medium pot over very low heat. Add milk and chicken broth and allow to warm slowly. Do not allow to boil or scald.

  3. Stir flour into the vegetable mixture until no dry flour remains. Pour in all but 1 cup of the warm liquid and bring to a low simmer.

  4. Whisk cornstarch into the remaining cup of liquid until there are no lumps. Add the cornstarch mixture to the vegetables. Stir in sherry. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat until warm throughout and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

  5. Blend half of the soup in the bowl of a food processor or blender, then add back into the pot and serve.

Cook's Notes:

You can use almond milk instead of regular milk.

You can also blend all or none of the soup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
9g Fat
26g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 1455mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 217mg 17%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 617mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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