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Best Cream of Celery Soup Recipe

Homemade Cream of Celery Soup Recipe – You won’t believe how easy it is to make this classic creamy soup from scratch with only a handful of wholesome ingredients!

Bowl of soup with a metal spoon.

Why We Love this Easy Soup Recipe

Classic cream of celery soup is wonderfully rich and, well, creamy!

If you are only familiar with the canned variety, be prepared to be amazed at how delicious the homemade version is. Seriously, there is just no comparison!

Scratch-made celery soup has a lovely bright flavor, and is satisfying without being too “heavy.” I have fond memories of enjoying warm bowls on chilly spring evenings… The fresh celery and hint of dill are light, but blended with cream and savory broth the dish becomes comforting and oh-so satisfying.

This childhood favorite is easy to make at home with just 10 simple ingredients. It’s ready to serve with your favorite soup-a-licious sides (like salad and bread!) in under an hour, and leftovers are delicious too! Give this fabulous Cream of Celery Soup recipe a try and I promise you’ll never look at that canned soup the same way.

Metal spoon holding spoonful of creamy celery soup to camera.

Ingredients Needed

  • Butter – unsalted
  • Onion – peeled and chopped
  • Garlic – minced or whole
  • Celery – chopped
  • Bay leaf – dried
  • Fresh dill – chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • Chicken stock – or vegetable broth
  • Heavy cream – or vegan substitute
  • Salt and pepper – to taste

How to Make the Best Cream of Celery Soup

Set a large 6-8 quart soup pot over medium heat. Add the butter, chopped onions, garlic, and chopped celery. Add 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper. Stir and soften the vegetables for about 10 minutes. Make sure everything is very soft, without browning. If needed, turn the heat down to medium-low.

Chopped celery and onion cooking in a large pot.

Once the veggies are very soft, add in the bay leaf, chopped dill, and vegetable broth. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Broth added to chopped celery in a pot.

Remove the bay leaf. Pour the soup into a large blender. Secure the lid. Open the top vent and cover the lid with a towel for safety. Puree the soup.

You can puree it until completely smooth, or leave it slightly chunky, based on your preference.

Note: You can also leave the soup in the pot and puree it with an immersion blender if desired.

Soup pureed in a blender.

Pour the soup back into the soup. Stir in the heavy cream.

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Soup added back to pot, combined with heavy cream.

Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.

Metal ladle with cream of celery soup held to camera.

Serving Suggestions

Top warm bowls of homemade cream of celery soup with crunchy croutons, a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, or fresh parsley. Crispy chopped bacon is also delicious to sprinkle on top.

We love to serve the soup with a hunk of crusty bread or fresh baked roll on the side. Add a fresh green salad for a full meal!

Top down view two bowls of creamy celery soup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cream of celery soup vegetarian or vegan friendly?

This easy recipe can be made with your choice of chicken broth or vegetable broth for a vegetarian soup. To make it vegan, use your preferred plant-based butter and cream substitutes.

Is homemade creamy celery soup gluten-free?

Yes, it is! Because it’s made with heavy cream and blended, this soup has a wonderfully semi-thick and rich consistency without any flour.

How long does cream of celery soup last in the fridge?

It will keep well for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Let the creamy soup cool to room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.

Can homemade cream of celery soup be frozen?

You sure can! Once the soup has cooled to room temp, transfer to an airtight container or freezer-safe zipper bag (with all air removed). Keep the celery soup in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Best Homemade Cream of Celery Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
You won't believe how easy it is to make this classic creamy celery soup from scratch with only a handful of wholesome ingredients!
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups chopped onions 1 large
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 ½ – 6 cups chopped celery from 2 bunches
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill 1 teaspoon dried
  • 6 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Set a large 6-8 quart soup pot over medium heat. Add the butter, chopped onions, garlic, and chopped celery. Add 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper. Stir and soften the vegetables for about 10 minutes. Make sure everything is very soft, without browning. If needed, turn the heat down to medium-low.
  • Once the veggies are very soft, add in the bay leaf, chopped dill, and vegetable broth. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the bay leaf. Pour the soup into a large blender. Secure the lid. Open the top vent and cover the lid with a towel for safety. Puree the soup. *You can puree it until completely smooth, or leave it slightly chunky, based on your preference. You can also leave the soup in the pot and puree with an immersion blender if desired.
  • Pour the soup back into the soup. Stir in the heavy cream. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.

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Notes

This soup is vegetarian unless chicken broth is used. Use plant-based butter and cream for vegan.
Leftover soup will keep well for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Let the creamy soup cool to room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.
You can also freeze! Once the soup has cooled to room temp, transfer to an airtight container or freezer-safe zipper bag (with all air removed). Keep the celery soup in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 874mg, Potassium: 462mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1536IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 85mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Main, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “Best Cream of Celery Soup Recipe”

  1. Made the Cream of Celery for dinner tonight and it was fabulous!! Followed the recipe as written and can’t wait to make it again.

  2. I love cream of celery soup! This was delicious – way better than any of the canned stuff.

  3. Oh my goodness, this soup was everything! I LOVED it!

  4. I love how light yet creamy this soup is. Plus, the natural ingredients give it such a good flavor!