Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
From Bon Apetit, November 2010.
- 4 1⁄2 tablespoons butter
- 6 cups thinly sliced celery, with leaves plus chopped leaves (preferably organic, about 12 stalks, for garnish)
- 18 ounces unpeeled ripe bartlett pears, cored, diced (generous 3 cups)
- 1 1⁄2 cups leeks (the chopped dark green tops)
- 3 small turkish bay leaves
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 cups low-salt chicken broth (or more)
- Melt butter in pot over medium-high heat. Add sliced celery, generous 3 cups diced pears, leek tops, bay leaves, and thyme. Cover; cook until celery softens, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Toss in flour. Stir in 3 cups broth; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until celery is tender, about 20 minutes.
- Remove bay leaves from soup. Puree soup in batches in blender until smooth. Return puree to same pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Thin with more broth by 1/4 cupfuls, if desired. Rewarm briefly.
- Divide soup among bowls; garnish with 1/2 cup finely diced pear and celery leaves.
This bisque is incredible! I love that it's thick and creamy without any cream. Plus, it uses simple everyday (inexpensive) ingredients and the results are impressive enough for a fancy dinner party. I added a few tbsp of dry white wine, but otherwise stuck to the recipe right down to the garnishes. I may even add crumbled goat cheese to the garnishes next time. Thanx for posting this!!!
I had a bunch of celery that I needed to use up so I thought that this recipe would be great, however I was wrong. The only thing I substituted was vegetable broth instead of the chicken broth because that is what I had on hand. My husband and I did not like this at all. We are not picky eaters and try everything once, but I will not be making this again. It reminded us of some kind of baby food.
This has a very unique taste that I can only describe as Celery and Pear Bisque, lol. I thought that it would be oddly sweet but it isn't. There is a hint of pear in every bite and it really complements the celery and other ingredients. I used vegetable broth as it was what I had on hand. I would make this again. Tastes fattening and isn't really.