Roasted Celery Soup

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Author Notes: Celery roasted with a little fennel and garlic and then pureed with chicken broth and potatoes makes for a nice starter or light lunch. A touch of half and half or cream with a spritz of lemon finishes it off.inpatskitchen

Food52 Review: WHO: Inpatskitchen is a prolific FOOD52er and -- as a retired teacher, paralegal, and seafood retailer -- a bit of a cook of all trades, too.
WHAT: A simple and elegant twist on cream of celery soup.
HOW: By roasting the celery and fennel, and boiling the potatoes in broth, inpatskitchen builds a lovely foundation of flavors. And of course, cream to finish is always a great idea.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This soup truly elevates humble, plain vegetables that are usually relegated to a garnish plate or side dish to a higher plane of existence. Given proper attention, lo and behold, they shine.
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Makes almost 2 quarts

  • 8 large celery stalks cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 bulb fresh fennel cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 2 large whole garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 medium redskin potatoes, peeled and cut into a 1 1/2 inch dice
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup light cream or half and half
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper for re seasoning if needed
  • Celery leaves and fennel fronds for a little garnish
  1. Place the cut celery, fennel and cloves of garlic in a 9x13 inch roasting pan. Add the salt, pepper and olive oil and toss to thoroughly coat everything. Roast in a 350F oven for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the edges of the vegetables just begin to brown.
  2. While the vegetables are cooking, cook the potatoes in the chicken broth until tender..about 10 to 12 minutes. Set the pan aside to cool a bit.
  3. When the vegetables have finished roasting add them to the potatoes and broth. Let everything cool a bit.
  4. In a blender puree the soup in batches. If you have a "liquify" setting on your blender use that. If you like you can strain the soup through a mesh strainer. Once pureed. return the soup to the pot and bring up to the boil. Stir in the cream/half and half and the lemon juice. Re season if needed and garnish each bowl with celery leaves and fennel fronds if you like.
  5. NOTE: For a little more pronounced celery flavor add a pinch or two of celery seed or salt when re seasoning.
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6 months ago btglenn

This recipe can be the base for a number of additions or substitutions for whatever you have in the house, or for other personal preferences. I find, for a richer celery flavor, instead of fennel, or in addition to it, to substitute a celery root in this recipe. Another possibility is adding a rutabaga. I also add chopped celery leaves to the broth in addition to the potatoes. A quicky thickener used by Jacques Pepin is to use instant potatoes for a thickener -- I used Idahoan Original in this recipe. And, for the creamy taste, I substitute a scant half cup of almond milk with 1 1/2 tablespoons of whipped cream cheese in the puree. For a finish, try a dollop of sour cream to top it off.

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6 months ago inpatskitchen

Your ideas sound wonderful btglenn!

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8 months ago Deb Letourneau

I just made this soup; oh so yummy! I did skip the cream for allergy reasons and found that the potato gave it a creamy texture that was just right. I am sure the cream would have made it delectible but it is good to know it is wonderful without for those of us who cannot use cream. Also I used vegetable base, because I had some, to make it vegan safe!

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8 months ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Deb!!

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8 months ago Karen PG

Subbed an item out of necessity - a tbsp of dill for fennell. Added half a red onion (sauteed) because it was in the house and a couple extra stalks because I really had too much in the house! Soup turned out great and I'll definitely recommend it. :)

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8 months ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Karen! So glad you enjoyed!

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9 months ago (]Celia[)

Also, I'm nthing the people who said you can skip the cream. I'm sure it's lovely with it, but potatoes + immersion blender yielded just the texture I was looking for even without it.

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9 months ago (]Celia[)

This soup is AMAZING. Every since I first had cream of celery root soup in Stowe, VT (one of those transformative food moments I'll remember forever) I've been trying to recreate it. Wrestling with gnarly celeriac is never my favorite, but worse, I could never get the intense celery flavor and velvety texture I craved. Turns out, I was coming at it the wrong way entirely. One bite of this soup and I was back in the ski cabin with the snow outside, so happy to be alive.

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9 months ago inpatskitchen

Thank you so much! I'm so happy you enjoyed!

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9 months ago SKK

I have always loved this recipe and I made it again tonight. Loved by all. Thank you again for sharing it!

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9 months ago inpatskitchen

Thank YOU!!

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10 months ago ghainskom

I'm trying to buy more of the vegetables I used to pass and bought fresh fennel for the first time of my life for this recipe. And I don't regret it. My 6 yo wasn't too fond of it but my 2 yo loved it and so did I!

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10 months ago inpatskitchen

So happy you and the 2 year old enjoyed! Fennel is one of my most favorite underused vegetables!

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11 months ago Erin C.

This. Was. Fabulous.

I had tons of leftover celery from Thanksgiving. Raw celery is not my jam - it's so plain - but I was committed not to letting it go to waste when I found this soup. I subbed the cream/H&H for 2T butter and omitted the fennel since I didn't have any on hand. Oh...then I added some crumbled bacon to finish things off :) This was a great light, yet warming, dinner soup. Thanks for the recipe!

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11 months ago inpatskitchen

So glad you enjoyed! Thank you for making it...the bacon sounds awesome!

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about 1 year ago Paul

Made this last night. Came out GREAT!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Paul! I'm so happy you enjoyed it!

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over 1 year ago Woolley Segap

Sounds wonderful except for those lactose intolerant folks --- any suggestions?
Ps, soy products are also really not acceptable.

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

In a recent "Features" article, AntoniaJames wrote about homemade nut milks and suggested almond or cashew milk. Read the article here:http://food52.com/blog...
I haven't tried it yet but AJ is a fantastic cook and knows what she's talking about. Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

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9 months ago SKK

It is great without cream. The potatoes make it creamy.

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over 1 year ago sel et poivre

Hi Pat, I love this soup so much that I'd like to have your permission to feature it on my blog (with credit of course). Pls let me know. Thx :)

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Oh yes! I'm so honored...please feel free!

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over 1 year ago JLechuga

Amazing! We threw in some chard and asparagus....so yummy!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

So glad you liked this! The chard and asparagus sound wonderful!

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over 1 year ago michellepennie

made this and it was absolutely delicious thanks for the recipes :-)

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

I'm so pleased you enjoyed this..thanks so much!

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over 1 year ago lindamettler

Perhaps dill? But not too much. Anise? Possibly just celery!

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over 1 year ago sel et poivre

This looks fantastic. And I have a whole bunch of celery in need of some loving in my fridge. However, fennel is always hard to get (and oh so expensive) where I live. What do you think would be a good substitute? Thanks

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks sel et poivre! Maybe 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ground fennel seed and more celery? And lindamettler's dill suggestion sounds fabulous!

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over 1 year ago sel et poivre

Thank you both! I will try it with fennel seed and maybe scatter some dill on top.

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Let us know how it goes..

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over 1 year ago sel et poivre

Finally made this for dinner. Like you suggested, I added some fennel seeds before I roasted the celery. And I made a few other changes. I only had 2 smallish potatoes and a couple of sweet potatoes, so I just threw them all in. I also didn't have any cream so I just used milk. A pinch of sugar to round up the flavours and a sprinkle of chilli flakes at the end and guess what? It was so so good! Best soup I've had in ages. Thank you!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

I'm so glad you enjoyed this and I like your modifications!!

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over 1 year ago placidplaid

I will although I will leave the fennel out of the first batch just to get the celery essence.

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over 1 year ago placidplaid

Just found this recipe and I'm looking forward to cooking it up. As a little girl I used to love Campbell's Cream of Celery soup. I wouldn't go for it now but this will be a nice recreation. Can't wait to savor!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much placidplaid! Please let me know how you like it if you do try!

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over 1 year ago carbonarasuz

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Absolutely delicious! A clever way to use up celery, as I always seem to have extra!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed this....I always have extra celery too!

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over 1 year ago TeraO

I was required by the homeopathic doctor I was working with to eat 2 cups of cooked celery along with my dinner, this soup came to my rescue! SO glad I can just eat a large bowl of this instead of some cooked celery alone. Thank you, delicious!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

So glad it worked out for you! Thanks so much!

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almost 2 years ago lindamettler

Hard to believe that such a simple recipe would yield the most fabulous soup ever. Made this for a dinner party and it was an enormous success. Many thanks for a recipe I'll make again and again.

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almost 2 years ago inpatskitchen

I'm sooo glad you enjoyed this. Thank YOU!

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over 2 years ago ImprovCuisine

Going on vacation and had some celery to use up. Made this soup and it was DELICIOUS! We had a healthy dinner and now there are leftovers in the freezer for when we get back. I can't wait. Great recipe.

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you so much! I'm soo glad you enjoyed it....I could go for some leftover right now myself.

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over 2 years ago Jay Schufman

My wife and I are so glad we found this recipe (and this site). Roasted Celery Soup is truly a gourmet delight! ????? Thank you so much, Pat! You are a wonder!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you so much Jay! This is an unbelievable site (I found it a little more than a year ago).So many great cooks, so much to learn...And welcome to Food52!

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over 2 years ago arielleclementine

it's 90 degrees in Austin, but we had this for dinner tonight anyway- what a gorgeous soup!! will make again and again!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much arielleclementine! 90 degrees? Whew! Not looking forward to those temps.

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over 1 year ago Ascender

I bet this soup would be equally good served chilled in the summer. Might need a bit more salt served cold.

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

I think you're right....celery vichyssoise? Sounds great! I'll have to try it when the weather warms. Thanks for the idea!

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over 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks just wonderful, Pat!! Very belatedly, many many congrats to you for your win!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you Susan! I was so surprised (but very happy!).

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over 2 years ago savorthis

This does look good. It definitely elevates what seems to be a benign (or in my case, deadly) vegetable. If I had not been sent TWICE to the hospital for allergic reactions to celery, I'd love to try it!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you so much savorthis! So sorry you can't eat celery and so I certainly do understand. I've had a number of allergies myself throughout the course of my life that I've happily and luckily outgrown.

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over 2 years ago lakelurelady

I love this soup. The tip about adding celery seeds is a good one. Congrats on a well deserved win.

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! I really appreciate your kind words.

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over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Congrats on a great recipe. Very well done

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Kitchen Butterfly

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over 2 years ago Texas Ex

Incredibly delicious! Minimal ingredients, easily and quickly prepared. Really reminded me of a great German asparagus soup.
Thanks for a great recipe!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much! I'd love to see your German asparagus soup...spent a summer there as an exchange student years and years ago. And I love asparagus soup! Please post!

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over 2 years ago krusher

Well deserved win. I love and cook celery soup regularly - Simon Hopkinson's recipe. Your roasting of the celery, fennel (which I had never added but love) and garlic is the genius step with magic results. I will be cooking your recipe from now on. Thank you

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank YOU krusher!!

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over 2 years ago SKK

Hi Pat, I am making your soup for the third time for a dinner party. Love how the simplicity of the recipe produces such depth of flavor and such complexity. And it is easy to roast the vegetables the day before. Congratulations - you certainly deserve this award!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Wow! I am so so glad you're enjoying this..Thanks so much!

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over 2 years ago Waverly

Congratulations, Inpatskitchen! Lovely recipe!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

You are too kind...I'm making your salad this weekend.

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over 2 years ago GiGi26

Wonderful!! Congratulations! It's been said before but, the soup IS amazing!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Do you get a chance to make it yet? Thanks Pam!

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over 2 years ago GiGi26

Yes I did, last Saturday. It was a hit with all!


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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Congratulations!!!! Such a wonderfully lovely soup! This is just perfect for the transitioning season right now, too.

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks fiveandspice!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congratulations, IPK! It's a truly gorgeous recipe.

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks HLA! Truly honored to be a part of this community!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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Warm congratulations on the win for your heavenly soup.

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks b! Happy and surprised!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations Pat on the well deserved win, the soup is amazing.

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you so much. Very happy!

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over 2 years ago Dina Zyadeh

Not a huge fan of celery, but decided to make this anyway. It was creamy and delicious! I loved the addition of fresh lemon juice towards the end.

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

I'm so glad you enjoyed it..it was a hit at our house too...right down to that not quite 3 year old grandson! (see my comment below) Thanks so much!

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over 2 years ago Midge

Yum! Congrats!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Midge!

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Congrats, Pat. Looks and sounds delicious!!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks mrslarkin!

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Congrats on being a finalist IPK! This looks wonderfully soothing and delicious!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

You are too kind! Thanks very much!

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over 2 years ago aargersi

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Beautiful soup - congratulations!!!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you aargersi!

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over 2 years ago Waverly

This looks wonderful! So proud to be a finalist with you. Am saving your recipe. Congrats!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Waverly! I love your mushroom recipes and am so honored to be a finalist with you also!

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over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Congratulations. We made your orange chicken a few weeks ago - to resounding praise. Well done....

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much!! I'm glad the orange chicken was a success..it's a hit around here too!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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This is lovely, Pat, and congratulations of being a finalist.

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you b..I really appreciate it!

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over 2 years ago krusher

This looks amazing. I love soups so this one will be tried in the next week. I can just about taste it as I read the recipe. Well done and congratulations.

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over 2 years ago SKK

I love, love, love this recipe. It is so good - made it with chicken broth once and vegetable bouillon another time for vegetarian friends. It is really amazing. Another homerun for you!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh thank you SKK! I'm so glad you enjoyed it both ways!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

COngratulations on the well deserved finalist pick...I could substitute Vegetable broth to make this vegetarian, couldn't I??

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over 2 years ago SKK

Hi PF, I too love this recipe. I substituted vegetable bouillon that I always have on hand and it was great. The recipe for the bouillon comes from 101 cookbooks http://www.101cookbooks...

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Certainly use vegetable broth and SKK's link to a broth sounds amazing!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations Pat on the finalist nod! Amazing soup!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much suzanne! I was out to lunch with friends and just came home to see this...VERY excited!!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

I must tell you....my daughter and her 3 kids stopped by yesterday and I reheated some of this for her. Her youngest, who is just shy of 3 climbed up on her lap and took over the bowl saying "Yummy!" after each slurp. Yay Alex!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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This is a beautiful soup, I always enjoyed cream of celery soup and AJ is so right the addition of the fennel is brilliant.

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you so much suzanne...I've really been enjoying fennel a lot lately and this has just a hint of it

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over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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Perfectly lovely. On the must-try list!! ;o)

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you AJ! Please let me know what you think if you try this.

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over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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I'm definitely making it soon! I love creamy soups and this one gets bonus points (lots of them!) for the fennel. What an inviting photo that is, too. Nicely done, my friend. ;o)