Creamy soups are one of my favorites but sometimes they can be too rich. In the recipe below we make an outstanding cream of celery filled with flavor and luxuriousness without being too heavy. It's great all on it's own but I like to serve it with a nice piece of garlic bread. Sometimes I like to serve it with cubed pieces of ham or crispy bacon.
This recipe is so simple, it requires no steps outside of the slow cooker. I love how simple it is. First you add in celery, onion and garlic then sprinkle just a touch of flour over top and mix to help with thickening. I like to use low sodium chicken stock but you can just as easily use water. I try to refrain from using veg stock because I just don't like the way store bought taste. Add in thyme, cream cheese, bay leaf salt and pepper and just let it cook. I use an emersion blender to pulse it a bit, still keeping slightly chunky. This is the time I add lemon juice and the cold butter to brighten it and bring it all together.