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Mary Berry Celeriac Soup

5 from 2 votes
Calories: 518.62|Fat: 22.14|Carbohydrates: 65.33|Protein: 17.09 | 40 minutes
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Discovering celeriac? Try making Mary Berry Celeriac Soup! Enjoy its creamy texture, elegant appearance, and as a low-carb alternative to traditional potato soup
mary berry celeriac soup
Celeriac, often overlooked but full of potential, is a versatile vegetable akin to potato but with fewer carbs. It can be roasted, boiled, mashed, or even enjoyed raw. Today, we’re transforming it into a velvety soup, similar to Pumpkin Soup in texture and flavour.

Why You’ll Like It:

  • Comforting Flavor: Mary Berry’s Celeriac Soup offers a cosy and satisfying flavour that warms you from the inside out.
  • Nutrient-Rich: Packed with vitamins, minerals, and fibre from celeriac and other vegetables, this soup is as nutritious as it is delicious.
  • Versatile: Enjoy this soup as a starter or pair it with crusty bread for a hearty and wholesome meal.
mary berry celeriac soup

Celeriac Soup Mary Berry Recipe with Watercress

5 from 2 votes
Author Caroline Sciberras
Servings 4 people
Calories 518.62
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Fat: 22.14|Carbohydrates: 65.33|Protein: 17.09


Discovering celeriac? Try making Mary Berry Celeriac Soup! Enjoy its creamy texture, elegant appearance, and as a low-carb alternative to traditional potato soup



  • 1 large onions finely chopped
  • 1 large celeriac cubed
  • 1 large potato cubed
  • 6 rashers pancetta
  • 1 knob butter
  • double cream
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • parmesan cheese


  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • ½ loaf stale white bread
  • watercress
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Fry the pancetta in a large saucepan with the butter until golden and crisp.
  • Remove two thirds onto kitchen paper and keep for later. Add the onion to the pan and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add the celeriac and the potato chunks into to the pan with the stock. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the veg are tender.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the grill. Place the bread cut into 1 inch pieces on baking sheet and brush with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with half the poppy seeds, then toast under grill until lightly browned.
  • Whizz the soup with a hand blender until smooth.
  • Taste and season, then serve topped with dollops of crème fraîche, the croutons, rest of the pancetta, extra-virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese and fresh watercress, if you like.
Healthy Tip: To reduce the fat and carb content of Mary Berry’s Celeriac Soup, you can make the following adjustments:
  1. Reduce Butter/Oil: Instead of using a knob of butter for frying, you can use 1 tablespoon (about 14 grams) of olive oil. This will reduce the fat content while still providing flavor.
  2. Substitute Cream: Instead of using double cream, you can substitute with low-fat or fat-free milk. For example, replace 100ml of double cream with 100ml of skim milk, which contains approximately 4.8 grams of carbs and 0.2 grams of fat.
  3. Limit Starchy Vegetables: Celeriac and potatoes contribute to the carb content of the soup. You can reduce the amount of potato used or eliminate it altogether. For example, reducing the potato from 1 medium potato to half a medium potato can significantly lower the carb content.
  4. Choose Lean Protein: If using pancetta, opt for leaner cuts or reduce the amount used to decrease the fat content. For example, reduce the pancetta from 6 rashers to 3 rashers.

Tips & Tricks

  • Peel the celeriac properly to remove the tough outer skin and reveal the tender flesh.
  • Enhance the flavour of the soup by sautéing the onion and garlic until golden brown before adding other ingredients.
  • Blend the soup until smooth for a velvety texture.

Healthy Tip: Add extra vegetables like carrots or celery for added nutrients and fibre.

Ingredient Substitutions & Variations

  1. Low-Sodium Stock: Opt for low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock to reduce the sodium content of the soup while maintaining flavor.
  2. Greek Yogurt: Replace heavy cream with Greek yogurt for a lighter and protein-rich alternative. It adds creaminess without the extra calories and fat.
  3. Herbs and Spices: Enhance flavor without adding extra salt by using herbs and spices like thyme, rosemary, or smoked paprika.
  4. Olive Oil Spray: Use olive oil spray instead of drizzling olive oil directly onto the soup to control portion sizes and reduce overall fat intake.
  5. Homemade Stock: Make your own stock using vegetable scraps or leftover chicken bones to control the ingredients and reduce added preservatives.
  6. Fresh Herbs: Use fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or basil to add flavour to the soup instead of relying on salt or high-calorie toppings.
  7. Reduce Carbs: Substitute potatoes with parsnips or cauliflower for a different flavour and to reduce the carb content.

Storing and Make Ahead Suggestions:

  • Allow the soup to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for longer storage.
  • Reheat gently on the stovetop, adding a splash of water or stock to adjust the consistency if needed.

How to Serve Mary Berry Celeriac Soup

When serving Mary Berry Celeriac Soup, consider its versatility. It’s not just soup; it’s an elegant starter for a dinner party or a comforting midweek meal. For a sophisticated touch, serve in shallow soup bowls. Alternatively, enjoy it as a cosy lunch on a cold winter’s day, or even sip it from a mug while multitasking in the kitchen. Embrace the rustic charm of this soup’s presentation while appreciating its hearty and filling nature. For a healthier twist, pair it with a side of whole-grain bread or a green salad for added nutrients and fibre.

Health Info

  • Calories: 518.62
  • Sugar: 9.34
  • Sodium: 1181.72
  • Fat: 22.14
  • Carbohydrates: 65.33
  • Fiber: 12.67
  • Protein: 17.09

What to Serve With The Celeriac Soup Mary Berry

For an indulgent pairing with Mary Berry Celeriac Soup, hot, buttered crusty bread is a classic choice. Opt for a crusty artisan bread or a freshly made focaccia for a delightful dunking experience. Both options bring a rustic charm to the table and complement the creamy texture of the soup perfectly.

If you’re aiming for a healthier option, consider whole grain bread varieties for added fiber and nutrients. Top with diced tomatoes, chopped kale, or roasted bell peppers. Serve alongside steamed veggies like broccoli or cauliflower for a balanced meal. These easy tweaks make the soup even more delicious and healthy.


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2 thoughts on “Mary Berry Celeriac Soup”

  1. 5 stars
    Perfect soup to warm up a chilly day in Ireland! The flavors were absolutely delightful. Thanks for sharing this comforting recipe!

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