Celeriac & apple soup with parsley pesto

Celeriac is a vegetable I didn't know what to do with for a long time. It looks so uninviting at first but now I adore it in soups and mashed mixed with some mustard for added kick. The bonus is that it's a source of vit B6 which helps soothe your nerves after a stressful day.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 head of celeriac
  • 1 onion 
  • 1 leek
  • 1 - 2 apples (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 1 litre of stock
  • bunch of thyme
  • garlic clove
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley pesto to serve 
  • (optional - you can add in some sweet potatoes)

HOW TO : 

  • Chop and put all ingredients in a pot, season well
  • Simmer until the celeriac is soft then blend together 
  • Serve with the pesto and some nuts if you want added texture

FOR THE PARSLEY PESTO:

  • Large handful of flat parsley leaves, i’d say easily 100/150 grams
  • 100/150g of cheese ( i used a mature hard goats cheese )
  • 150/200ml of olive oil (or you can use rapeseed or hemp oil) Adjust to how oily you want it
  • 1 crushed clove of garlic
  • salt and pepper to season