Lemony Celery Root & Chickpea Soup

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 6 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 10 ingredients

Celeriac or celery root is a knobby member of the celery family. Quite frankly, it’s a pretty ugly looking veggie, but don’t be swayed away. As it’s name implies, it has a wonderful almost...


    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 lemon, zest removed with a peeler and juiced, zest divided
    • 2 to 3 small knobs of celery root, gnarly tops trimmed off, peeled and cut into ½” dice
    • 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled
    • 6 to 8 cups of water
    • 2 (14 oz) cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1 cup Italian parsley leaves, loosely packed
    • Sea salt to taste


Nutrition Facts


318 cals


11 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

6 g


47 g


9 g


12 g


12 g


1388 mg


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat in a 5 quart dutch oven. When it starts to ripple, add the onion and the bay leaf. Stir to mix then cook 1 minute. Add ½ the peeled lemon zest, sprinkle with salt. Turn the heat down to medium and cook until the onion starts to soften 5-10 minutes, they should not brown.
  2. Add the celery root and stir to mix. Sprinkle with a little more salt and cook partially covered for 5-8 minutes, stirring from time to time until the celery root starts to soften at the edges. Add the whole garlic cloves and enough water to cover everything. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook until the vegetables are just tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Add the chickpeas. The soup should have the consistency of a soupy stew so if needed, add more water to cover. Cook another 20 -25 minutes or until the chickpeas are heated through and the celery root can be mashed easily against the side of the pan.
  4. Meanwhile, make the gremolata: on a board, roughly chop the parsley. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of sea salt and lay the remaining lemon zest on top. Chop the zest into the parsley. When the herbs are getting fine and blended, add 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and continue chopping. Keep adding the remaining oil a teaspoon at a time as you chop until you have a slurry. Scrape into a small bowl and stir in any remaining olive oil. Taste for salt and set aside.
  5. When the vegetables are soft, stir in half the lemon juice. If you like it more lemony add the remaining lemon juice. Cook 2 minutes. Stir in the gremolata, stir and taste for salt. Turn off the heat and let the soup sit for 5-10 minutes to let flavors combine. Serve with wedges of lemon.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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