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Recipe – Bacon and Celeriac Soup

And so the soup-a-thon, also known as January, continues!

I wanted to try cooking with celeriac as, although I have had it in different forms in restaurants, I have never actually used it in a recipe. You can imagine my delight when I saw this rooty thing sat on my chopping board!

I had no idea how to prepare it but after some peeling and chopping (and a bit of swearing!) I finally managed to get it ready for my pan

This soup is rich and comforting but, with the bacon topping, is also a little more refined meaning it would be a lovely starter for a dinner party.

Ingredients

A knob of butter

1 onion, chopped

4 rashers of bacon, chopped (I used smoked back bacon)

I celeriac, diced (good luck!)

About 750ml of stock (I used chicken stock)

Salt and pepper to season

A pinch of mixed herbs

100ml of milk or cream

How to make it

  • Begin by melting the butter on a medium heat, and then add the onion and 3 rashers of chopped bacon. Cook for about 10 minutes until the onion has softened
  • Add the celeriac and stir for a few minutes
  • Pour in the stock, add the herbs and season well
  • Leave on a medium heat for 20-25 minutes until the celeriac has softened
  • Allow the soup to cool slightly, and then blitz until chunky or smooth, depending on your preference
  • Add the milk or cream, and reheat to serve
  • With the last rasher, fry the bacon pieces until crispy. Sprinkle these bacon bits on top of the soup before serving to add another texture
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About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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