Creamy Butternut Squash and Celery Root Soup

We have made this soup countless times this winter. It is so good and always feels to me like I'm doing something nice for myself when I eat it. The addition of a few apples adds a hint of unexpected sweetness. You can also add sweet potato to this recipe if you have any on hand. We top the soup with some chopped dill or chives and homemade croutons for a little added crunch.
ingredients

1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks

1 celery root, peeled and cut into chunks

1 - 2 green apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

3 carrots, chopped into thin coins

2 onions or leeks (or both!), chopped coarsely

olive oil

2 cups veggie stock - optional

cream - optional and to taste

salt and pepper

homemade croutons - optional

dill or chives - optional 

instructions

Saute the onions or leeks in a large soup pot with some olive oil.  Add the butternut, celery root, carrots, apples and veggie stock to the pot.  Add enough water to cover the veggies by an inch.  Boil this mixture until all the veggies are very, very soft.  Blend all of it with an immersion blender or in a regular blender in batches until super smooth.  Add the cream and stir to combine, if using.  Season with salt and pepper.  After the soup is served in the bowls, top with a few homemade croutons and some bright herbs, such as dill or chives.  

meal or course
dinner, first course, soup
recipe type
entertaining, on a budget