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Celery and Pear Soup Recipe

Celery and Pear Soup
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: | Active Time: | Makes: 4 to 6 servings

This creamless soup combines one of our favorite overlooked vegetables with pears and shallots to create a light starter that’s delicate and complex-tasting.

What to buy: This is not the time to pull out bland celery commonplace in most supermarkets. Instead, look for fresh, green, unblemished celery and you’ll be rewarded with a nicely flavored soup.

INGREDIENTS

For the soup:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped shallots
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, coarsely chopped ripe pear, such as Bosc or Bartlett
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 cups water

For the garnish (optional):

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 medium shallots, thinly sliced
INSTRUCTIONS
For the soup:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter until foaming. Add olive oil, shallots, and pear, season well with salt and ground white pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add celery and thyme, season with more salt and pepper, and sweat until most of the liquid has evaporated and the celery has just started to soften, about 12 minutes.
  3. Add broth and water, increase heat to high, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and simmer until celery is tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Using a blender, purée soup in batches until smooth. Return soup to the stove to reheat. Season well with salt and pepper.

For the garnish (optional):

  1. Heat olive oil in a small frying pan until bubbling or about 325°F to 350°F.
  2. Add half of the shallots and fry until golden. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels, season with salt, and repeat with remaining shallots.
  3. Serve soup topped with fried shallots.

Beverage pairing: The delicate and fine flavors here suggest a Riesling, but to reinforce the rare and green flavor of celery, try going to a comparable but different wine, Grüner Veltliner from Austria. A light style with a little characteristic pepper fits the bill: 2006 Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger.