Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

From Bon Apetit, November 2010.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 66.55 ml butter
  • 1419.54 ml thinly sliced celery, with leaves plus chopped leaves (preferably organic, about 12 stalks, for garnish)
  • 510.29 g unpeeled ripe bartlett pears, cored, diced (generous 3 cups)
  • 354.88 ml leeks (the chopped dark green tops)
  • 3 small turkish bay leaves
  • 7.39 ml chopped fresh thyme
  • 22.18 ml all-purpose flour
  • 709.77 ml low-salt chicken broth (or more)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Divide soup among bowls; garnish with 1/2 cup finely diced pear and celery leaves.
Most Helpful

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!!!

*Parsley* November 12, 2010

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.

cms002_7131991 December 07, 2012

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.

Kelliemusic October 20, 2011