Celery is often regarded as an afterthought, something to go with buffalo wings, perhaps. But this soup with its bright, fresh flavor will make a convert out of anyone. It’s brought to us by geniuskitchen.com

Cream of Celery Soup


3 tablespoons butter
1 1⁄2 lbs celery ribs, sliced
2 large onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons flour
6 cups chicken broth (reduced sodium)
1 bay leaf
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3-4 dashes hot sauce
celery leaves (for garnish)


In a large sauce pan, melt butter, add celery, onions, and garlic. Cook over medium low heat until soft. Add flour and cook 1-2 minutes over low heat. Add chicken broth and bay leaf, bring to a boil reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf, puree (in small batches) in a blender or processor. Add cream, lemon juice, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Reheat and simmer 5 minutes. Garnish with celery leaves and serve.

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