One of the easiest recipes to make and really tasty and creamy this soup is a great tasty meal for all seasons.
In the past celery has formed a staple of my early summer diet, unfortunately this has often been eating raw sticks of celery to attempt some kind of last minute summer slimming. I find this soup much tastier and although cooking celery will lose some of the nutrients the good news is that it is so packed with vitamins and antioxidants you will still get a real health boost. It is also really easy to find organic and UK grown celery so you can reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact with every mouthful.
For this dish I use an entire head of celery and chop each stalk into thin slices, these can go straight into a pan with a tiny amount of olive oil so you can sauté the celery gently for about 2 minutes. This will allow the celery to soften ready for cooking. Next add approximately 600ml of vegetable stock, I use the Kallo reduced salt vegetable stock as it is suitable for coeliacs and organic. When I am being very, very good I use home made stock but I will admit to not always being that organised! At this point I turn down to a medium heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the celery is soft but not squishy when you press it against the pan with a wooden spoon.
At this point add in some of the soya cream alternative. I find both Alpro and Provamel to be great single cream alternatives. Even if I was able to or chose to eat dairy I think these alternatives are much better for cooking as they contain much less fat and still provide a great taste and consistency. Once you have stirred in 100ml of soya cream it is time to blend, I use a hand blender but the effect is great in a stand alone blender as well. When blended this soup becomes a light and airy soup packed with flavour and antioxidants.
If you want to you can add a small amount of salt and pepper to season but I think it is wonderful just as it is and the great news is this will easily keep in the freezer or fridge as a great way to kick some vitamins into lunchtime in the office. I hope you love it as much as I do.