In case you didn’t know, soups are a passion of mine. I don’t think I could survive on only solid food for long. Every time I travel I find it hard on my stomach at some point because its not always easy to find good healthy soup options on the go, in an unfamiliar city or country. That’s why every time I come back from a trip I make a soup right away. I instantly feel my digestive system rejoicing and reviving. Soup for a digestive tract is like yoga for the muscle. It balances, calms and soothes.
This time, unfortunately, I was not coming back from any trip as I maxed up pretty much all my vacation in the beginning of the year when I got married abroad, and now I’m saving the remaining days to go to Vegas in July (first time in Vegas, I heard the food is amazing;). But no travel shouldn’t mean no soup. Especially, when I finally decided to try to make celery root soup that my mom has been pitching me for a while. And let me tell you, I was glad I did. This soup recipe is rich and soothing, fragrant and sophisticated. I almost felt like it was too good to be enjoyed in my pjs and that it should really be served at some fancy French restaurant somewhere posh.
Normally, the cream of celery root soup is served with croutons, but since mine is a paleo, gluten free version, I decided to experiment with crispy shallots and, in my opinion, they work just great for this soup. So feel free to garnish with crispy fried shallots or porcini or both for an interesting contrast in texture.
Added bonus of this recipe is that you don’t need to use any store bought broth. I hate buying broth in the store, but sometimes its just not enough time to prepare it from scratch as most stock types require simmering on low setting for at least an hour for the rich and flavorful broth. With meat broth its even longer. This celery root soup recipe uses broth derived from the dried porcini that are also utilized as an ingredient in the soup. It takes only 20 minutes to soak dried porcini, and you can use the liquid as your broth. As pure and unprocessed as it gets.
Let me know what you think of this soup recipe. As always, any comments or feedback are much appreciated;)