Paleo Cream of Celery Soup

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Cream of Celery sans cream. Life-changing gluten-free and dairy-free soup allows you to update your favorite old recipes in a healthier way. It also makes a great side dish on its own. 

A recipe for cream of celery soup without the cream? Yup! cause who needs it? I’d rather get all the fiber and nutrients from cauliflower and the nice fats from olive oil or coconut oil.

Cream of “fill in the blank” soups used to be a staple for a lot of us in the good-old Campbell soup recipe days. And I personally used to eat a lot of Campbell’s soup.

Remind me to tell you about that college Campbell’s soup budget another day. I think my sodium was probably off the charts, but I saved a whole lot of cash eating nothing but Campbell’s soups for a month. (NOTE: do not try that. I’ve learned a lot about food and health since then and it is NOT worth it!)

green cream of celery soup on blue grey napkin with spoon to the side

The transition to homemade soups – and why it’s one of the easiest healthy tweaks you can make to your diet

When I discovered I could no longer eat wheat, it meant no more Campbells. They have modified food starch in every variety which often means gluten wheat starch.

It also meant learning more about what’s in my food, because I was forced to read all labels to see if gluten was hiding inside. What I found was a lot of other crap. And this is why I’m actually somewhat grateful for needing to go gluten-free.

It was a trigger to start paying attention to what I put in my body.

After shifting to real foods, I feel more nourished and healthy. Plus my food has a lot more flavor! And that’s flavors other than salt and sugar.

Learning to transition to healthy homemade soups can be one of the easiest and most impactful tweaks to your diet if you are trying to switch to clean eating. They freeze well so they are great for meal prep. And most soups are easy to make. You can take leftovers and throw them into a pot with broth, and you’re bound to get a pretty tasty soup.

If you’re looking for more soup recipes, check out the recipe archives here.

Other Soups you might enjoy making at home:

So, what I’m trying to say is I think I have a better version of that cream of celery soup you might be used to. And while it’s a little more work than opening a can, it’s not too much work. And I think you’ll agree that it’s worth it.

Plus, unlike the canned version, I’d eat this all by itself for supper.

Paleo cream of celery soup recipe without the cream? This refreshing gluten free, dairy free soup uses cauliflower and healthy oils instead.

Making a homemade cream of celery soup

This homemade soup only requires a little chopping, some simmering, and a blender to do the heavy lifting.

I prefer an Immersion Blender for my soups because it allows you to blend the contents of soup without transferring it to another container, but a regular blender will do as well. If using a traditional stand-up blender, you just might need to let the soup cool down a bit before transferring.

While heating oil in the bottom of a soup pan, chop the shallots, celery, and cauliflower and add to the pan one by one. Simmer with bone broth and spices until the veggies are soft, about 30 minutes,  before blending.

That’s it! Garnish with celery leaves, fresh parsley, and black pepper before serving.

This soup is great with celery fritters or sautéed ground Italian sausage. It’s also great as a side dish to a good old-fashioned pot roast.

Paleo cream of celery soup recipe without the cream? This refreshing gluten free, dairy free soup uses cauliflower and healthy oils instead.

But… what about the cream?

If you’ve heard of cashew cream and cauliflower pizza, you know that there is a wild world of substituting veggies and nuts for other less-healthy foods.

In this case, I call on the foundation of dairy-free cauliflower alfredo sauce to give the creaminess. Because of that, this soup ends up being lower in calories and safe for our friends allergic to nuts.

The cauliflower thickens the soup much like cream. The combination of coconut oil and bone broth gives the rich, savory flavor found in heavy cream.

This soup can be made vegan by simply using vegetable broth.

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 8
Best Season: Spring


Cream of Celery sans cream. Life-changing gluten free and dairy free soup allows you to update favorite old recipes in a healthier way. It also makes a great side dish on its own. 


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  1. heat olive oil in large soup pan on medium high on the stove
  2. coarsely chop shallots and add to pan. Stir and saute until translucent, about 2 minutes
  3. coarsely chop celery and add to pan, stirring to evenly mix in with shallots
  4. coarsely chop cauliflower and add to pan, again mixing evenly with celery and shallots
  5. Sautee for 3-4 minutes
  6. mix in bone broth, water, and spices
  7. cover, reduce to medium-low, and let simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the vegetables are soft

  8. using an emulsion blender, mix until all smooth and one consistent thickness and consistency.
  9. serve by itself or with meatballs, chuck roast, or short ribs. Garnish with celery leaves, fresh parsley, black pepper or celery fritters and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 36kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g7%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 36.99mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 2g1%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0.18g1%

Vitamin A 306 IU
Vitamin C 3 mg
Calcium 9 mg
Iron 0.2 mg

* This nutrition information does not tell the whole story of food's nutritional value! Make sure to use your gut intuition on what your body needs, eat your veggies and get 30 plants a week for optimal gut health. This nutritional data is calculated based on the above values and standard brands. This information may vary. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Tried this Recipe? Tag me Today! Mention @EatYourWayClean or tag #EatYourWayClean!


🥗 Side dishes /Pairings

Serve with meatballs, chuck roast, or short ribs. 


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