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Celery Root and Apple Soup


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 leeks, or 2 small yellow onions, cleaned and chopped
  • sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • one medium celery root (1-1.5 pounds), peeled and cubed
  • two apples, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • scant 1/8 tsp chile powder


If you've got it, you can substitute about 1 to 1.5 pounds more celery root for the apple. In a large pot, melt the butter with the olive oil. Add the leeks or onions and cook for about five minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic cloves and season with salt, and continue to cook until the leeks and garlic are soft and translucent. If the pot begins to brown too much on the bottom as they cook, add another pat of butter or pour of olive oil. Add the celery root, apples and stock. (Or use all water.) Bring to a boil, then reduce to a strong simmer. Cook, with the lid to the pot ajar on top, until the celery root pieces are soft and easily pierced with a paring knife, about forty five minutes. Add white pepper and chile powder, the puree using your immersion blender or hand mixer, or let the soup cool to room temperature and whiz in a blender until smooth. Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper if desired. If the soup is too thick, it can be thinned with water or stock.

Adapted from a David Lebovitz recipe, on whose blog you can find nice pictures and good prose