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Celery Soup Recipe – With Ham Croutons (Keto, Low Carb)

This Keto Celery Soup truly is one of the best low carb soups I have tried. It may even be my favourite. Serve this one to the whole family any time of year and there will be no complaining!
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This keto celery soup recipe is going to knock your socks off! I am serious! This is one of the best soups I have tried. It is light, foamy, silky smooth and comfortingly good! An easy recipe on the table in under 45 minutes that the whole family will love!

Why This Celery Soup is So Good!

  • It’s really easy to make! Prep only takes about 10 minutes and it is cooked in the one pot!
  • This celery soup makes use of everyday ingredients!
  • Thermomix, Magimix and Instant Pot friendly! You can make this easy celery soup in your Thermomix and in no time. Or pressure cook (or slow cook it) in your Instant Pot.
  • This recipe is keto and low carb with only 5g net carbs per serving
  • All our recipes are tested in multiple kitchens and by multiple home cooks! We want to create the best keto recipes! Quality and flavour is super important to the Mad Creations team!

Cream of Celery Soup

I have always loved the versatility of cream of celery soup. Often used as the base for casseroles I love how you can use the soup as a sauce, or just a simple soup that is also keto and low carb.

This soup is very light and creamy! I recommend using homemade chicken broth for the recipe! It adds so much more flavour!

The Key Ingredients for Celery Soup

Keep reading for more details on the ingredients, substitutes and step by step instructions on how to make our delicious keto celery soup.

Celery Soup Ingredients.

Cauliflower – I use cauliflower to make a keto celery soup. Most celery soup recipes use potato to thicken. The caulfilower replaces it. Trust me the kids won’t even know it is there!

Onions and leeks – both the onions and leek do add carbs to this soup, but they also add loads of flavour! You can omit them completely to reduce the carbs or if you cannot eat them for allergies or just dont enjoy them.

Celery – I use fresh celery to make this celery soup very light and creamy. You can use celeriac root if you prefer. It adds the flavour and makes the soup more hearty!

Ham Croutons – I used left over Christmas ham for my croutons. You can swap for bacon or speck. Or any crispy croutons you prefer.

Fried celery leaves! Oh my gosh these are amazing! You need to try them with this soup! Trust me you will never throw the leaves out again!

Chefs Tips

#1. For a vegetarian or vegan celery soup simply swap the broth to vegetable broth. Leave out the ham croutons.

#2. Make a big batch and enjoy later in the week. Or freeze it celery soup freezes really well. You will have a great low carb soup to enjoy on its own or as a base for a hearty family meal.

How To Make Celery Soup

Step 1. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, leek, celery, cauliflower, and garlic until the vegetables begin to soften; 7-8 minutes.

Step 2. Add the chicken broth and bay leaf; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the heavy cream; cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, approximately 10-15 minutes.

Step 3. Remove the bay leaf and puree the soup with a stick blender or food processor for 2 minutes or until silky smooth. Season to taste.

Step 4. In a separate pan heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat and lightly fry the ham until crispy. Set aside to drain on some paper towel.

Step 5. Using the same pan fry the celery leaves until crisp. Drain the leaves on a piece of paper towel. Divide the soup between serving bowls and top with ham croutons, crème frâiche, fresh herbs, and fried celery leaves.

This keto celery soup recipe has been provided with Instant Pot instructions. It also includes slow-cooker (or Crockpot), stovetop and Thermomix methods.

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Keto Celery Soup with Ham Croutons

This Keto Celery Soup truly is one of the best low carb soups I have tried. It may even be my favourite. Serve this one to the whole family any time of year!
5 from 47 votes!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 46 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Australian
Diet: Diabetic
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 8 people
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter or avocado oil
  • ¼ onion 3oz., finely sliced
  • 1 leek white part only, finely sliced
  • 5 cups celery, roughly chopped (1.25lbs or 550g)
  • 300 g cauliflower roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt flakes and pepper to taste

TO GARNISH

  • 1 cup diced ham or slab bacon
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil plus extra to serve
  • ½ cup celery leaves
  • 4 tablespoons crème frâiche or sour cream 80g
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill or parsley finely chopped

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Melt the butter in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, leek, celery, cauliflower, and garlic until the vegetables begin to soften; 7-8 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth and bay leaf; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the heavy cream; cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, approximately 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove the bay leaf and puree the soup with a stick blender or food processor for 2 minutes or until silky smooth. Season to taste.
  • In a separate pan heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat and lightly fry the ham until crispy. Set aside to drain on some paper towel.
  • Using the same pan fry the celery leaves until crisp. Drain the leaves on a piece of paper towel. Divide the soup between serving bowls and top with ham croutons, crème frâiche, fresh herbs, and fried celery leaves.

INSTANT POT® METHOD

  • Place all the ingredients into the pot. Set to Pressure Cook/High Heat/13 minutes. When finished allow natural release for 5 minutes before triggering quick release. Follow from step 3 in the conventional method.

SLOW COOKER OR STOVE TOP METHOD

  • Place all the ingredients into the slow cooker; cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Follow from step 3 above.
  • For stovetop, turn down to low, cover with a lid and cook on low checking every hour until hemp is soft and ham is falling off the bone. Follow from step 2 in the Instant Pot method.

THERMAL METHOD

  • Add the butter, onion, leek, celery, cauliflower, and garlic, into the mixer; chop 4 sec/speed 6. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the mixer (filling only to the max line with broth); set to slow cook/100min/95°C (or 100 min/95°C/reverse/stir).
  • Discard the bay leaf and puree the soup in two batches; 30sec/speed 5-9 (or less if you prefer the soup slightly chunky). Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Follow steps 4 and 5 in the conventional method.

Notes

Recipe yields approximately 8 servings. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes and the cooking method.
To calculate the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe by 8. Result will be the weight of one serving.
Nutritional values shown are guidelines only. They are for 1 serving using the ingredients listed. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on product brand and types of ingredients used.
All recipes have been tested using all of the cooking methods included by various recipe testers.
This recipe has also been shared to Diet Doctor for inclusion in their 2021 Holidays recipes and Members eMag.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Alternatively store in an airtight container and freeze.
This recipe card instructions contains the most basic of steps and list of ingredients. If you have any queries, questions or are unsure of substitutions please scroll up to the blog post for more information.
 

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1076IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 19mg | Net Carbs: 5g
Tried this recipe?Mention @meganellam or tag #madcreations!

Megan Ellam is an Australian keto recipes blogger and author of amazing keto cookbooks such as Slow Cook KetoKeto LocoThe Healthy Family Keto Cookbook and Every Day Keto.

Megan has been following a ketogenic diet since being diagnosed with insulin resistance in early 2017.

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