*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                        Hearty Celery Soup (Dupree)
 Recipe By     : Nathalie Dupree
 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:30
 Categories    : Dupree                           Soup
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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   12      slices        bacon
    2                    onions -- sliced
    3      cups          chopped celery
    2                    garlic cloves -- chopped
    5      cups          chicken broth
    3      cups          milk
    1      teaspoon      celery seeds
    1 1/2  tablespoons   fresh thyme -- chopped
                         Freshly-ground black pepper
    1      cup           grated cheddar cheese
    1      cup           celery leaves -- coarsely chopped
 For the bacon - selecta thick-sliced country-style peppered bacon.
 In a large skillet fry the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels, crumble
 into small pieces, and set aside. Pour off all but about 4 tablespoons of
 the bacon drippings. Add the onion, celery and garlic and saute until the
 onions begin to turn a golden brown, about 10 minutes. In a large stockpot,
 bring the chicken stock to the boil and then add the sauteed vegetables.
 Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, or until tender. Strain the vegetable
 solids, reserving the broth, and puree them in a blender or food processor
 until smooth. Return the pureed mixture to the broth and add the milk,
 celery seeds and thyme. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and
 cook 5 minutes longer. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.
 Serve sprinkled with the reserved bacon, cheese and celery leaves.
 Yields 8 servings
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