I love celery! It gives me a weird feeling of energy every time I consume it. That is not a surprise, as it is extraordinarily rich in electrolytes, vitamins, and fibre. I also like this soup recipe as it satisfies both: my love for celery and my addiction to feta cheese. The original Greek recipe uses oregano for garnishing, but I like to add pomegranate molasses and parsley leaves on top. No matter how you make it, it is such a pleasing meal. I hope you enjoy it.


Israa Fahmy






70 Minutes

Recipe Details

  • 1 kg celery

  • 1 lemon

  • 2 onions

  • 2 sprigs thyme

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 45 g butter

  • chicken stock

  • 500 ml full fat milk

  • 100 g cream

  • 120 g feta cheese

  • 1 sprig oregano

  • Sea salt

  • Olive oil

  • White pepper

  • Chop the following items: celery, onions, and oregano.

  • Juice the lemon and keep the lemon juice aside. Then, scratch the peels to get the lemon zest.

  • In a bowl of water, put the chopped celery and half the lemon juice amount. Set aside.

  • In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onions and thyme. Crush the garlic and add it to the pan.

  • Add 30 grams of butter to the pan and wait for it to melt. Then, simmer for 3 minutes.

  • Drain the celery pieces and add it to the pan.

  • Add 1 tea spoon of sea salt (or as per taste). Add the lemon zest. Then, sauté for another 8 minutes, stirring frequently.

  • Pour in 1 litre of chicken stock, milk and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and simmer for around 30 minutes. Stir occasionally, until the celery softens up.

  • Using a hand blender, blend all the celery pieces on high speed until velvety (you can also use a normal cup blender). If the soup becomes too thick, add the remaining stock.

  • Strain the soup through a seive, and stir in the remaining butter.

  • Season to taste with salt, white pepper and the remaining lemon juice.

  • To serve in bowls, start by placing 30 grams of feta cheese in the empty bowls, then sprinkle the chopped oregano, and pour the soup over.

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