Celeriac, carrot and leek soup with chilli herb swirl

A simple vegetable soup is a beautiful thing, particularly if it includes celeriac (or cauliflower) which will, when blended, give the soup a gorgeous soft velvety texture.

This time though, I thought I’d try a sauce to swirl through at the end to add a burst of flavour and colour.

I used mint, dill and oregano for the herbs, with pickled jalapeno for heat and acidity. It went so well with the soothing soup!

Celeriac, carrot and leek soup with chilli herb swirl

Celeriac, carrot and leek soup with chilli herb swirl

serves 2 to 4

350g celeriac, chopped (about a third of a large one)

250 g carrots, chopped

1 leek, sliced

1 large onion, chopped

1 sprig of thyme

1 bay leaf

750 ml vegetable stock, hot

for the chilli herb swirl (per serving)

1 tbsp fresh herbs, (2 or 3 types of soft herb)

4 slices pickled jalapeno

1/2 tsp oil

salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees c.

Put all of the soup ingredients into an ovenproof casserole dish, cover and cook in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes. The vegetables should be lovely and soft. Remove the bay leaf and the thyme sprig, and blend the soup until velvety and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

To make the chilli herb swirl, bash all of the ingredients together with some salt and pepper using a pestle and mortar (or chop the herbs and chilli very finely and stir the oil in).

Serve the soup with the chilli herb swirl… swirled on top!

By E.

7 thoughts on “Celeriac, carrot and leek soup with chilli herb swirl

    • Thank you! I’m glad you like the look of the recipe. Celeriac is actually a root vegetable, it has a mild celery like flavour and a great texture for soups. For the recipe I meant that cauliflower also makes a velvety soup, sorry for the confusion!

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  1. Ellie! πŸ™‚ I’ve never made soup by putting it all in a dish and cooking it? Doesn’t the raw onion overpower it all… or is it just me who buys potent onions! πŸ˜› Is our soup weather going to give way to glorious sunshine soon? I’m so cold now I’m back from sunny Istanbul! 😦 Oh… and I am ‘not’ buying pickled jalapenos! πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

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    • It really does work! The vegetables are cooked for a good long time so end up lovely and soft and flavoursome. Wow Istanbul! That must’ve been amazing! You should be in Cleveleys today, the weather is positively Mediterranean πŸ™‚

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      • Ooo… So that’s where you two are! ☺Are you far from the sea? It’s a tad far for a day trip maybe we need another short break! πŸ‘Istanbul is always amazing… I used to live there so it’s like my second home! Freezing here today think I’ll try your soup method ☺

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      • I rarely make soup any other way now, it’s so easy, not to mention healthy! Heh, Alex’s house is 150 m from the sea and mine is 300 m, we’re very lucky! That’s amazing to have lived in Istanbul πŸ™‚

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      • Yes… Istanbul is such a wonderful place, not sure why I came back here! πŸ˜› I also used to live in Lancaster but I don’t recall visiting Cleveleys 😦 That’s lovely to live so close to the sea – we’re about 20 minutes from the coast πŸ™‚

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