Next growing season, I am definitely going to try sticking the root end of a bunch of celery into the ground to get it to grow. My mom did it this year and ended up with this (seems a lot easier than starting from a little seedling). Very cool!
Somehow I ended up with way too much celery in the fridge and this is an easy and tasty way to use it up. It can even be a bit limp; no concerns about texture here.
I had intended to use some buttermilk in the recipe but it came out creamy enough and I forgot all about it. It does not need to be strained, but it makes it a little more velvety smooth than just whizzing it with a blender.
The parmesan rind is optional. You know when you get near the end of a piece of parmesan cheese and it's too small to grate but you don't want to waste it? Drop it into a pot of soup and the cheese will melt off then just pull the rind out at the end.
1 thick slice pancetta, diced
1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
4 cups celery, chopped
2-3 cups stock
3-4 cups spinach and arugula and parsley
Parmesan rind (optional)
Heat a medium sized pot and add the pancetta. When cooked partway, use a paper towel or other method to remove some of the fat, leaving just enough to saute the onions. Add the onions and saute until softened, about 7-8 minutes (and the pancetta should be crisp by then).
Add the celery and 2 cups of stock. Cook until celery is tender.
Season with some celery salt for taste. Add the greens and cook for another few minutes.
Strain through a sieve and return soup to pot. Bring back to a simmer then add the juice of 1 lemon. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more stock (or some buttermilk) and cook another few minutes.
Serve with a crostini dropped in the bottom of the bowl topped with blue cheese (the blue cheese is just as delicious with this soup as with the broccoli soup I made a while back).
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