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March 29, 2013

Celery Root Soup with Granny Smith Apples

The Conscious Cook

  • "This is the most popular soup I make," says Chel Tal Ronnen. Linda Long

Serves 6

Soup

Sea salt
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium celery roots, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 quarts faux chicken or vegetable broth (try Better than Bouillon brand)
1 bay leaf
1 cup thick cashew cream (or 1 cup of MimicCreme, a prepared verison of cashew cream)
Additional salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Garnishes

1 small bunch chives
1/2 cup canola oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 unpeeled Granny Smith apple, very finely diced

Place a large stockpot over medium heat. Sprinkle the bottom with a pinch of salt and heat for 1 minute. Add the oil and heat for 30 seconds, being careful not to let it smoke. This will create a nonstick effect.

Add the celery root, celery, and onion and sauté for 6 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until soft but not brown. Add the stock and bay leaf, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the cashew cream (or MimicCreme) and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

Working in batches, pour the soup into a blender, cover the lid with a towel (the hot liquid tends to erupt), and blend on high. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Blanch the chives for 30 seconds in boiling water, then drain and chill in an ice bath. Drain, wrap the chives in a towel, and squeeze the moisture out. Place in a blender with the canola oil, salt, and pepper, and blend for 2 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Put the chive oil in a plastic squeeze bottle with a small opening or use a spoon for drizzling it on the soup.

Ladle the soup into bowls. Place a spoonful of the diced apple in the center of each serving, drizzle the chive oil around the apple, and serve.

Recipe adapted slightly from "The Conscious Cook" by Tal Ronnen.

Nutrition

All figures are per serving (assumes 6 servings).

Calories: 305
Fat: 28 g
Carbs: 12 g
Fiber: 8 g
Protein: 2 g
Sodium: 217 mg

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