Comforting Celery and Bacon Soup

Comforting Celery and Bacon Soup

This gentle-tasting Japanese-flavored soup is fragrant with celery and sweet with onion. It's really comforting.

Ingredients: 4 servings

1 stalk
2 to 3 slices
Carrot (optional)
about 5 cm
Soup stock cube
1 large
Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
Coarsely ground black pepper
a small amount
Mitsuba (optional)
1 bunch


1. Slice the onion, and cut the bacon into easy to eat pieces.
2. Juilenne the carrot.
3. Heat up a pan and sauté the bacon over medium heat.
4. When some fat has started to come out of the bacon, add the onion and sauté until wilted. Add the carrot too and sauté briefly.
5. Add 4 cups (800 ml) of water to the pan, as well as the soup stock cube, cover with a lid and simmer.
6. In the meantime, remove the thick outside fibrous parts of the celery and cut into 5 mm thick slices. Cut up the mitsuba into easy to eat pieces too.
7. When the soup comes to a boil, skim off the scum, add the celery and bring to a boil again. Add the soy sauce and it's done.
8. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with some mitsuba. Sprinkle some coarsely ground black pepper on top and enjoy.

Story Behind this Recipe

I was selected to become a product tester for a brand of vegetable juice that contains 20 vegetables. I used three of those - celery, carrot and mitsuba - to make the celery soup that we've been enjoying in our house for about 15 years.