Celeriac and roasted garlic soup with chives and pine nuts

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes
  • Serves:4


    1 garlic bulb
    1½ tbsp essential Waitrose olive oil
    1 large onion, chopped
    4 essential Waitrose celery stalks, finely diced
    ½ tsp celery salt
    1 celeriac (about 700g), chopped
    1 litre fresh vegetable stock
    25g pack chives, chopped
    50g pine nuts, toasted


    1. Preheat the oven to 190˚C, gas mark 5. Cut off and discard the top 1 / 3 of the garlic bulb. Drizzle with ½ tbsp olive oil, season, wrap in foil and roast for 40 minutes.

    2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, celery, celery salt and a grinding of black pepper, then sauté for 8 minutes. Add the celeriac, stock and 250ml water; simmer for 25 minutes or until very soft.

    3. When the garlic is cooked, squeeze the cloves from their skin into the celeriac pan. Purée everything in a food processor or blender until smooth; season. Pour into 4 bowls, scatter with the chives and pine nuts and drizzle over a little extra olive oil, if liked. 

    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose Food, January 2017 issue. Download the Waitose Food app for the full issue

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