Celeriac and Potato Soup

Celeriac is probably the ugliest among vegetables, but it’s one the most versatile. Due to its delicate flavor (it resembles celery but it’s a little sweeter), you can eat it cooked or raw and it’s the perfect addition to salads or pinzimonio (an Italian sauce of oil, salt and pepper in which raw vegetables are dipped). Cooked and mashed, it makes a wonderful and aromatic soup you can eat alone or with some croutons.

To make this soup I added some potatoes (as I usually do with every soup) for a smoother texture. You can use those of the vegetable stock or cooked them (peeled and cut into chunks) together with celeriac.

Ingredients

1 celeriac, peeled and chopped
3 small potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove
400 ml vegetable stock
2 tbsps extravergine olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp chive, chopped, for decoration

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

Serves 2

Heat oil in a saucepan, add shallots and garlic and let them fry for about 1-2 minutes until soft and lightly golden. Remove garlic. Add celeriac (and potatoes if they aren’t already cooked), salt, pepper and cook for further 1-2 minutes. Add vegetable stock and cook for about 20 minutes till vegetables are soft. Add potatoes from vegetable stock (if you haven’t added them early). Remove from heat and blend with a stick blender until you have a smooth cream. Decorate with chive.

Crema di sedano rapa e patate

Il sedano rapa è probabilmente il più brutto tra tutte le verdure, eppure è uno dei più versatili. Grazie al suo sapore delicato (ricorda il sedano, ma è leggermente più dolce) è ottimo nell’insalata o nel pinzimonio. Cotto e passato, poi, regala una crema deliziosa e aromatica da mangiarsi da sola o accompagnata da pane abbrustolito.

Per questa crema ho aggiunto anche le patate (come faccio di solito) per avere un tocco più morbido. Volendo, si possono usare le patate del brodo vegetale o cuocerle direttamente (sbucciate e fatte a pezzi) insieme al sedano rapa.

Ingredienti

1 sedano rapa, pelato e tagliato a pezzi
3 patate piccole, sbucciate e tagliate a pezzi
2 scalogni, affettati fini
1 spicchio d’aglio
400 ml
brodo vegetale
2 cucchiai di olio extravergine di oliva
sale e pepe q.b.
1 cucchiaino di erba cipollina tritata per decorare

Tempo di preparazione: 15-20 minuti
Tempo di cottura: 25-30 minuti

Per 2 persone

Scaldare l’olio in una padella e friggere gli scalogni e l’aglio per 1-2 minuti fino a che non siano leggermente dorati. Rimuovere l’aglio. Aggiungere il sedano rapa (e le patate se non sono già cotte), sale, pepe e cuocere per altri 1-2 minuti. Versare il brodo vegetale e cuocere per circa 20 minuti, fino a quando la verdura non è morbida. Aggiungere le patate del brodo vegetale (se non le avete già aggiunte prima). Togliere dal fuoco e passare al mixer fino ad ottenere una crema omogenea. Decorare con l’erba cipollina.

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8 comments
  1. Karen said:

    It is definitely soup weather! Yours sounds delicious! I love pureed, creamy soups. Yum!

    • Rita said:

      Yes, it’s really soup weather! And I, too, love pureed soup: I think my favorite is with peas, but it’s not the right season… I have to wait till spring! :-P

    • Rita said:

      Oh, really! I’d never thought it’s nearly summer in your hemisphere!! I always think about seasons in this side of the world… :P Well, lucky you! I’ll have a look at your soup recipes as soon as I can, si that I can try some!! Thanks for sharing! :D

  2. kim said:

    MMMMMM so simple, yet looks so divine! I have never had celeriac… hmmm i know i have seen it here sometimes. I will have to look :)

    • Rita said:

      Hope you find it. It’s pretty rare, at least here in Italy, so I buy it whenever I find some: this soup is one of my favourites!

  3. The soup looks so creamy and delightful! I have to say that I have never cooked with celeriac, but am definitely tempted to try it now. Cheers!

    • Rita said:

      I hope you try (and hope you find celeriac!): I love this soup because it’s so aromatic! I’ll probably make some for tonite’s dinner. :P

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