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Celeriac and cheddar soup with thyme croutons

  • serves 6
  • Easy

This delicious, warming celeriac and cheddar soup is a meal in a bowl. Served with crunchy thyme croutons, it makes the perfect lunch or lighter dinner. It's under 300 calories, too, making it perfect for a midweek meal.

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Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • onion 1 large, chopped
  • bay leaf 1
  • vegetable stock 900ml
  • celeriac 1
  • double cream 60ml
  • cheddar 100g, cubed

croutons

  • thick white bread 2 slices
  • butter softened
  • thyme 1 sprig plus a few leaves for decoration

Method

  • Step 1

    Heat some olive oil in a pan and add the onion, stir and fry gently until the onion softens but doesn’t brown. Add the bay leaf and stock and bring to a simmer. Peel and chop the celeriac working as fast as you can, and putting each bit you have chopped straight into the hot stock so it doesn’t discolour. Simmer until the celeriac is tender, about 15 minutes, then add the cream, take out the bay leaf and purée the soup with a stick blender. Pour it through a sieve into a clean pan, bring back to a simmer and add the cheddar. Take off the heat.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, butter the bread on one side, scatter the leaves off the thyme onto one side and make a sandwich. Butter the outsides of the bread and cut the sandwich into cubes, removing any crusts. Put them into a frying pan and fry until golden, turn over and fry the other side.Serve the soup with the croutons and some thyme.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 234
  • Carbs 14.2g
  • Protein 8g
  • Fat 16.2g
  • Salt 0.8g
  • Fibre 5.7g
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