Onion, Celery & Apple Soup

Onion, Celery & Apple Soup

a glug of olive oil
a knob of butter
4 onions, thinly sliced
6 spring onions, sliced
3 stalks of celery, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3 medium potatoes, diced
2 tart green apples, grated
1 cup cider
4 cups vegetable stock
1 handful chives, chopped
2 tsp dries thyme
1/2 to 1 tsp chilli powder
salt & freshly ground black pepper

Gently and slowly, cook down the onions, spring onions, celery and garlic for 40 minutes over a low heat. Add the potatoes and cider and cook for another few minutes. Add the stock and thyme and bring to the boil. Simmer the soup for 30 minutes and then whizz the soup before adding the chives and seasoning.

Serve the soup with Gruyere topped bruschetta.

I am serving up this soup, on this wet day in Scotland for this month's No Crouton's Required Challenge.

If you would like to join in this month's challenge, just make a soup soup or salad and add some fruit. Your soup or salad could be a starter, main course or a dessert.

Entries must be in by the 20th of September. The rules are here. Hope you join us this month :)


  1. Great combo. Liking the cider in the soup!

  2. Yum, that looks like the perfect soup for this time of year!

  3. Hi Beth, I saw the Hairy Bakers add some cider to their soup and I thought I would add some to my next onion soup.

    Hey Kati, it is just what I needed. I am starting to feel the chill of autumn.

  4. Holler, this sounds wonderful and I'm glad you emphasized tart apples. You like coarse ground pepper like me!

  5. Mmmm, Holler, that just looks terrific. The weather is (already) starting to cool over here--I think that soup would be perfect.

  6. This sounds great! Nice combination.

  7. Lots and lots of coarsely ground black pepper Peter, lovely!

    I think we could all do with a bit more of summer Ricki!

    Thanks VB :)

  8. I have never had a soup like this before. It looks really light and refreshing. Great recipe!

  9. That's a really interesting soup idea. I couldn't think of a fruity soup unless you count tomatoes as a fruit!

  10. oops I see someone already said that - sorry! Wasn't trying to be smart!

  11. Love the soup Holler:D Very comforting for this time of year:D

  12. Hey Jane, the fruit can be just a small addition. What about adding something to a tomato soup? And I would never think that :)

    It is Val :)

  13. I made soup for the first time after the 'summer break' last night. Yours looks great.

  14. looks delicious - fruit in soups makes it seem more summery which suits me as it warms up here (23 degrees tomorrow!!!) Hope I might get something in to this month's NCR - the spirit is willing :-)

  15. I don't think I've ever had/seen a soup featuring apple before, but I absolutely love the sound of this! I could see this pairing beautifully with any number of pork-centric main courses...

  16. I love the sound of this soup - just perfect for these horrid wet days!

  17. i love your measurements--a knob here and a glug there (those are both foreign terms to me). no matter--this soup sounds tremendous. bravo! :)

  18. I was just about to write something akin to Grace's sentiments. Love the measurements!

    Also love the idea of the soup. I never think of celery as a feature ingredient -- so this has me rethinking my whole set of underlying assumptions.

  19. It sounds quite interesting and yummy! (I note you snuck in some more booze, too!)

  20. Hi there Holler
    I just submitted my entry, but I had problems in the past with other events and my email never arrived, or went to the trash folder. If you don't see it, please let me know so I can submit it again.
    I am so excited, it's my first entry! I am vegetarian and LOVE soups and salads!

  21. Hi Silvie, glad to know I am not the only one reaching for the soup pot!

    Hey Johanna, you are such a tease, telling me anout your good weather llike that!

    Hi Mike, the apple works well in the soup.

    Hi Antonia, I am with you on that one!

    Hi Grace, I didn't realise those descriptions where a British thing! A knob of butter, is just a small lump cut off the corner and a glug of olive oil is what you get if you do a quick tilt. It should go glug, LOL!

    I do like celery these days Lo, although I used to hate it. It is funny how tastes change, isn't it?

    I know, I know David, I am a booze hound, when cooking. I think it just adds a depth to the flavour or a different note, you know!

    I got it Rita and it is lovely, really! I have just had a bit of a blog rest this week. I have been so tired. I managed to catch up a little tonight.

  22. Thanks for checking on me - doing just fine.

    What I love about this recipe (even though celery is not my fave) is your not so precise measurements. I think that makes for the best soups! And the cider in there is such a great idea.

  23. Oh yum!! What a tasty combination. Perfect for this time of year!

  24. I am glad that you are ok and that you like my soup Diann! Soup never needs exact measurements :)

    I concur Kristen :)

  25. I've just submitted my entry via email. But just in case my emails goes to SPAM (it happens sometimes), you can pick up the entry from this link to.

    Entry to No Croutons Required

  26. Hi Tigerfish, I got your entry, thanks. Your salad looks so pretty on the matching plate. Very nicely presented.

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  28. Checked the larder, and have all the makings, so lunch todays gonna be this yummy soup ( with plenty of fresh black pepper ) my Q is, what shall I do with the leftover cider ? 🤪🤪 x

    1. Hmmm what to do with leftover cider. I an sure you want struggle, haha. Enjoy the soup.


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