Celeriest Celery-Potato Soup

December 30, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: The thing I love most about this recipe is that it lets me use up all that leftover celery sitting at the bottom of my crisper drawer. Because: Raise your hand if you've ever bought an entire head of celery, only to be asked by a recipe for two measly ribs? (A stalk of celery is always so much cheaper than any of the pre-chopped, pre-sticked packages you can find at the store these days, which is why I never buy the latter.) Here's where you can put the other seven to eight ribs to use, finally, and enjoy a solo night of endless not-chewing.Eric Kim

Food52 Review: Featured in: This Simple, Perfect Potato Soup Will Feed Your Soul All Weekend.The Editors

Serves: 1 (for the week)
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 7 to 8 ribs celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 pound (usually 1 or 2) russet potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups water, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon chicken broth concentrate (such as Better Than Bouillon)*
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed, crushed in the palm of your hand
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
In This Recipe


  1. Melt the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven. Sauté the celery, potato, and onion until slightly softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add the water and chicken concentrate (*or 3 cups of your favorite stock), bring to a boil, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle in celery seed. In a blender or with a stick blender, puree soup until smooth, adding more water or stock as needed for desired thickness. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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3 Reviews

lin January 19, 2019
his soup food my clan four hor weedkens.
Lune January 15, 2019
What a great simple soup recipe! Luscious without using any cream. I added a dash of curry just to zang it up, but it was stunning just the way it was. Merci Eric for a recipe I can do on a week night and have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
Mary January 13, 2019
Good base soup - a lot like cream of celery soup, but not as heavy. The celery is definitely the star here and there isn’t a whole lot else going on, and as such I found it a perfect starting point for something really fun. I mixed it up easily with lots of fun garnishes because who wants to eat the exact same thing every day... once with some dill, chives, parsley, and sour cream (think celery with ranch dip), once with some white cheddar, bacon bits, and sour cream (like a loaded baked potato), and once with some lemon zest and olive oil infused with garlic and thyme. Since celery goes with pretty much anything savory there’s a lot you can do here!