One-Pot Wonders

Celeriest Celery-Potato Soup

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December 30, 2018
Photo by Rocky Luten
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

Test Kitchen Notes

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

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 25 minutes
  • Serves 1 (for the week)
Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
  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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Eric Kim is a Senior Editor at Food52, where his weekly solo dining column, Table for One, runs every Friday morning. Formerly the Digital Manager at Food Network, he writes about food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho.