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Celeriac and Cauliflower Soup with Pancetta
and warm shaved brussels sprouts salad

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min
This wintery soup and salad combo plays with savory and sweet flavors and got great reviews when first featured in 2017. A quick saute of the shaved brussels sprouts brings out their natural sweetness and bright green color.
Smarts: While great served warm in this meal, the brussels sprouts salad will keep for several days in the fridge and is just as good served slightly chilled.
Smarts: The soup could be made in the Instant Pot. For tips, join the Cook Smarts Instant Pot Facebook Group.


Celariac and Cauliflower Soup with Pancetta:
  • Leeks - 2 , sliced and rinsed
  • Celery root (celeriac), medium - 1 , peeled and chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pancetta - 4 oz (look for this pre-chopped in the deli section)
  • Stock, any type - 3 1/2 cups
  • Cauliflower florets, frozen - 8 oz
  • Vinegar, white wine - 1 tsp
Warm Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad:
  • Brussels sprouts - 10 oz , trimmed and thinly sliced (look for pre-shredded to save time)
  • Dates, dried - 6 , thinly sliced (sub dried cranberries, ~⅓ cup for 6 dates)
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Maple syrup - 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup


  1. Brussels sprouts - Slice off and discard stems. Prep by hand or use a food processor (which will make prep go very fast). Add shredding attachment to bowl and feed brussels sprouts through shredder. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Leeks / Dates - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  3. Celery roots - Peel and chop celery roots. If prepping ahead, soak roots in water to prevent from turning brown. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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  1. Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil (the portion for the soup) and then pancetta to heated oil. Saute pancetta until crisp and fat has rendered, 2 to 4 minutes.
  2. Use a slotted spoon to transfer pancetta to a paper towel-lined plate. If there is excess grease in pan, drain off all but ~1 Tbsp (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing), or if the pan is dry, add a splash of cooking oil. Add leeks with a pinch of salt and saute until leeks soften and start to turn golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add stock, cauliflower, celery root, and vinegar. Bring to a boil. Place a lid on the pan and reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer until celery root is tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. While soup simmers, in a large serving bowl whisk together olive oil, mustard, and maple syrup. Set aside.
  5. Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil (the portion for the brussels sprouts) and then brussels sprouts to heated oil. Saute until brussels sprouts turn bright green but still have some crunch, 1 to 3 minutes.
  6. Add brussels sprouts to serving bowl with prepared dressing. Add dates and almonds and toss to combine.
  7. When cauliflower and celery root are cooked, blend soup with an immersion blender until smooth. Taste and season with some salt.
  8. Serve soup with pancetta on top. Enjoy with warm brussels sprouts salad on the side.



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