I think when most of us, while sick, crave a good soup? Well, I don’t know about you, but when I am, I crave cozy, simple soups like this Celeriac, Fennel and Sweet Potato soup. Plus all of the cold and rainy days Portland this winter, it has not helped. It comes together so quickly, which in my mind is always a good thing. This soup combines a few of my favorite root veggies and an addition of milk makes this a velvety and smooth in texture.
This whole week I have been fighting a nasty cold and an ear infection. Not fun at all. All I have been craving is something warm and soothing for my throat and body. This silky smooth soup definitely gave me all to cozy warm feelings I was craving. Plus working with great organic ingredients that I picked up on my run to Fred Meyers, my local Kroger store, helps keep my fridge stocked with good, healthy options.
Kroger stores have dramatically lowered prices on many items, but most notably (dairy) milk. I have partnered with Kroger to help promote this awareness of prices lowered on all of their MILK products, yes milk, a staple we have in our house. I always buy Simple Truth Organic Whole Milk for our family in their organic section of their stores. I like that they make it affordable for anyone to buy organic milk products for a fraction of the price. I mean why would you want to pay more for something you can pay less for? Am I right?Holding the celeriac (aka celery root) in my hands, I am amazed, quite frankly, at how anyone would have been brave enough to eat it. It looks terrifying with its twisted roots and hairy tendrils. But beneath its villainous exterior resides the tenderest of hearts. And given proper consideration, one discovers a huge and amazing secret -its incredible flavor. You may feel as if you’ve known it all your life. And you have. For celeriac is a very close relative of celery. Light familiar flavors of celery and parsley flirt with the palate, while underlying notes of earthiness, nuttiness and spice, add mystery and depth. But to unlock theses flavors you must brave the beast.
Arm yourself with a good knife, I am using the beautiful new knife from Zwilling Pro Holm Oak 5 1/2″ prep knife to peel and cut up all my root veggies. For the celeriac, slice away the top of the root and then the bottom, creating a steady base, and cut the remaining peel off in vertical strips from top to bottom, following the shape of the root, until all of the rough mottled skin is removed. Cut into smaller cubes. Peel and cut up the other veggies as well.
Fennel Bulb couples well with celeriac and gives the soup a hint of sweetness.In a heavy bottomed pot, like this Staub Round Wide Cocotte sauté the onions, garlic, fennel and thyme in oil on medium heat, stir often so nothing sticks. After the onions become translucent add in celeriac, both potatoes and stock. Bring to a boil and cover, let it simmer until veggies are tender.
Before putting half of the soup in a blender, add in half of the milk into the pot. The soup is blended until creamy and smooth in a blender, I love my Wolf Blender for jobs like this. Blend for about a minute or until fully pureed.
Add the remaining milk into the blender to make it as runny as you prefer, I like mine a bit more liquid so I added all of the 2 1/2 cups of milk.
Serve with parsley – chives oil and some good bread. Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS FOR SOUP
2 grapefruit-sized celeriac- peeled and diced
1 large fennel bulb, cored and sliced thin into half rounds
2 medium japanese sweet potatoes
1 russet potato, peeled and diced
3 large sprigs thyme
5 cloves garlic, thick slices
5 cups veggie stock, low sodium
1 large sweet onion – diced into cubes
1-2 tbsp olive oil
2 – 2.5 cups Simple Truth Organic Whole Milk, depending on how liquid you like your soup
salt to taste
PARSLEY – CHIVE OIL for garnish
1 bunch Italian parsley (top part with leaves and some stems)
1 package chives
1 cup good olive oil
fine mesh strainer
METHOD – OIL
1. Pulse all ingredients in a blender or food processor until combined.
2. Using a cheese cloth, place into a strainer, pour in the mixture and let it drain while soup is cooking.
METHOD – SOUP
1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, fennel and thyme. Stir and cook for 10 minutes.
2. Add the celery root, sweet potato, potato, thyme, and chicken stock. Bring liquid to a boil over medium high heat, reduce heat to medium low, cover the pot, and cook for 15-25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Carefully remove any thyme twigs when soup is done.
3. Using a blender, blend until smooth – in batches, only filling blender ½ full. (Remember when blending any hot liquid, cover the blender lid firmly with a kitchen town, and only fill blender ½ full, and start on the lowest speed, to prevent a blender explosion.)
4. Add milk and blend together. Season with salt, to taste.
5. Pour the soup into bowls, garnish with a drizzle of the oil, add some fennel ferns and some finishing salt to top off the bowl.
This is a sponsored post written by LENASKITCHEN on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.
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