CREAM OF CELERY ROOT SOUP WITH PEARS AND BLUE CHEESE
1-1/2 pounds celery root, peeled and chopped
2 fresh California Comice pears, cored and chopped, plus more for garnish
4 tablespoons minced fresh chives
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 oz. blue cheese, crumbled at room temperature
Place celery root, pears, chives, and chicken broth in a large pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer until the celery root is tender, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Carefully transfer soup to a blender and puree until smooth. To serve, pour the hot soup into bowls and garnish with the crumbled blue cheese and chopped pears.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
(Per serving based on 4 servings): Calories- 210; protein-6.47 grams; carbohydrates-29.09 grams; fat- 8.43 grams (saturated fat-3.67 grams; monounsaturated fat-2.68 grams; polyunsaturated fat-1.20 grams); cholesterol-15.66 mgs; sodium- 621.02 mgs; fiber- 6.10 grams; sugar-13.11 grams; percent calories from fat- 26%; potassium-120.42 mgs. (Per serving based on 6 servings): Calories-134;