Recipe: Simple, healthy celery soup (lazy healthy eating)

Summary
I hate poncy cooking! This recipe is simple, healthy, and delivers an addictive tasty soup with minimal effort, and no fancy ingredients.

Please leave a comment if you enjoyed this (or not). This is the first time I’ve posted a recipe, so am keen to know whether to do more simple recipes!

Ingredients
650g celery sticks – (circa 1 whole celery)
200g potatoes (circa 2 potatoes)
1000ml vegetable stock
300ml milk
50g butter
salt and black pepper

Equipment Needed
1 x Large Pan (larger the better, e.g. stock pot)
1 x Blender (food processor, liquidiser…)

Cooking Instructions
To prepare: Wash the celery and potatoes. Cut both into small pieces, 2-3cm long/cubed (this is rough measurement, so you’re just looking to make sure they’re small enough to soften quickly).

Then:

  • 1. Melt the butter in your large pan, on a low heat (I use setting 3 on my hob, which goes up to 6)
  • 2. Add the chopped celery and potatoes. Stir them well, so they appear coated with the butter. Then leave for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  • 3. Add the stock. Then leave for 20 minutes. The soup should be gently simmering, not boiling.
  • 4. Lift the pan off the hob, and decant into your blender. You will probably need to blend the mixture in batches. I blend for 7-10 seconds, then wait a few seconds, and blend for another 3 seconds. This should remove any larger suspended potato/celery pieces.
  • 5. Pour the blended mix back into the large pan, and add the milk. This will give a slightly more creamy nature to the soup without being as unhealthy as adding cream itself!
  • 6. Bring the mixture up to temperature, and season to taste… you’re done!

James

I'm passionate about technology, and particularly helping people make the most of it. I've spent the last 30 years helping others make the most of technology. My career started in IBM, and I've since moved into smaller business environments, to find those that have the biggest steps to take. My skills range from user based technology, through business systems (applications) to infrastructure. I also have a long background in IT security. I focus on what I consider to be "productivity technology", i.e. adding genuine value to peoples lives. I'm not a big gamer, or hold much interest in the disposable consumer technologies. During the day, you'll find me consulting with businesses or heading up an IT department. At the weekend, you'll find me sat at my Linux desktop PC, writing PHP or Python code, or trying to help others on Twitter, this blog, or my YouTube channel: Artexic.

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