Celeriac and roasted garlic soup with chives and pine nuts

For a comforting winter soup, celeriac is an ideal ingredient. Toasted pine nuts add texture with each bite, though you could throw over some cheesy croutons too. 

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes

Serves: 4


1 garlic bulb
1½ tbsp essential Waitrose olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 essential Waitrose celery stalks, finely diced
½ tsp celery salt
1 celeriac (about 700g), chopped
1 litre fresh vegetable stock
25g pack chives, chopped
50g pine nuts, toasted


1. Preheat the oven to 190˚C, gas mark 5. Cut off and discard the top 1 / 3 of the garlic bulb. Drizzle with ½ tbsp olive oil, season, wrap in foil and roast for 40 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, celery, celery salt and a grinding of black pepper, then sauté for 8 minutes. Add the celeriac, stock and 250ml water; simmer for 25 minutes or until very soft.

3. When the garlic is cooked, squeeze the cloves from their skin into the celeriac pan. Purée everything in a food processor or blender until smooth; season. Pour into 4 bowls, scatter with the chives and pine nuts and drizzle over a little extra olive oil, if liked.