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Side view of a bowl of celeriac soup topped with vegetable chips

Passover Celeriac Soup

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  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


This vegan celeriac soup with spiced pumpkin seeds is a warm and satisfying vegan option for Passover, Rosh Hashanah or any a regular weeknight dinner.


  • 1 large celeriac (celery root)
  • 4 large parsnips
  • 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 4 large leeks
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • Vegetable  broth (enough to cover vegetables in the pot)
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste)

Toppings Options: 

  1. Vegetable Chips
  2.  Spiced pumpkin seeds:
  • 1 1/2 cups raw pumpkin seeds (if you don't eat pumpkin seeds during Passover, you can use slivered almonds)
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp hot red paprika (adjust the amount depending on how hot the paprika is)
  • 1 tsp sweet red paprika
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Peel and cut the celeriac, parsnips and potatoes into large chunks
  2. Cut and wash the leeks (white part and the light green part) really well to remove all the sand
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. Add the celeriac, parsnips, potaotes and leek and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add enough vegetable broth to barely cover the vegetables, and set the stove on high until it starts to boil. Add the salt and pepper and reduce the heat
  4. Let the soup simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Set aside and let it cool
  5. Once cooled, blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  6. Pour the celeriac soup back into the pot and let it simmer for an additional 10 minutes
  7. To prepare the pumpkin seeds (you can do this while the soup cools). Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  8. In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together, making sure all the seeds are well coated with the oil and spices. Spread  them on the lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, until the seeds start to brown slightly (they may need a little extra time depending on your oven). Keep an eye on them, since they can burn easily
  9. Serve the celeriac soup hot or warm, and garnish each bowl with seasoned pumpkin seeds right before serving


  1. The spiced pumpkin seeds add about 42 calories per 2 teaspoons
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: soup
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: vegan / Passover


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 90 plus see Note 1
  • Sugar: 3.3
  • Sodium: 655 - reduce by using low sodium broth
  • Fat: 3.2
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.1
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 14.8
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: passover, Rosh Hashanah, soup, celeriac, parsnip, vegan, gluten free

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