Wintery cream of celeriac soup with pears

The first snow, in Bavaria right after Christmas! Now we’re back to our typical grey rainy Berlin winter, but it was nice while it lasted. This is a soup I made during the holidays using celeriac, or celery root. I love that vegetable, even though it’s often overlooked. I paired it with pears here to add some freshness and acidity, because celeriac on its own can be a bit too earthy I find. The lemon juice and honey help to soften those flavors. Have this soup with some fresh baguette and a nice glass of crisp white wine…

winter celeriac soup with pears | lucky star anise


Recipe: Wintery cream of celeriac soup with pears


  • Olive oil
  • One shallot
  • A dash of ground cumin
  • One head of celeriac
  • 500 ml two cups of vegetable stock
  • One bay leaf
  • One teaspoon of honey
  • 250 ml one cup of oat milk (or regular milk)
  • Two pears
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and black pepper
  • A sprig of parsley, or a few celery leaves


  • Clean the celeriac, chopping off the rough outer bits and cut it into inch-size pieces.
  • Finely dice the shallot and fry it over medium heat in three tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the cumin and stir.
  • Add the celery to the shallots.
  • Add the vegetable stock, the bay leaf and the honey. Make sure the celeriac pieces are almost covered, if you need more liquid add some water.
  • Let the celeriac simmer for fifteen to twenty minutes, until it's very soft and you can easily squash it with a fork. Now add the milk and bring the soup to a boil.
  • Peel and core the pears, chop them into a few pieces and add them to the soup. Cook everything with the milk and the pears for another five minutes.
  • Take out the bay leaf, then puree the soup using an immersion blender or in a mixer. Add more water, milk or stock if it's too thick; if it's too thin let it simmer for a few more minutes.
  • To finish it off, add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Add a little more olive oil and a few leaves of parsley (or celery leaves) before serving.

winter celeriac soup with pears | lucky star anise


winter celeriac soup with pears | lucky star anise

  1. I love the juxtaposition between the winter images and the colours of your soup. Beautiful recipe!

  2. This soup looks so pure and innocent(if you can apply it to the soup:). Combination of celeriac and pear is intriguing, I must try it.

    • luckystaranise

      Thanks my dear, yes, I always love the combination of fruit and vegetables :)

  3. I agree with the person above!
    You always bring your A-game in every single post!

  4. ooh, a snowy-looking soup with creamy wintry flavours… this is perfect!

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