Butter bean, celeriac and parmesan soup

Butter Bean, Celeriac and Parmesan Soup Recipe

70 Minutes
Serves: 4

A deliciously rich and creamy celeriac and butter bean soup made with butter beans, onions and peppery celeriac, flavoured with crushed caraway seeds, chopped parsley and grated parmesan served with a crusty white roll

Recipe Ingreds


  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 20 grams butter
  • 1 tin tinned butter beans
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 200 grams celeriac
  • 4 sprig fresh parsley
  • 400 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 30 grams parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 stock cube veg
  • 700 ml water


  • 2 crusty bread rolls

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • peel and chop the celeriac
  • peel and chop the onion(s) finely

Step 2

  • heat the butter and the oil together in the pan
  • Add the onions and celeriac to the pan
  • cook for 10 mins

Step 3

  • place the caraway seeds in a mortar and pestle
  • crush lightly
  • add the caraway seeds to the pan
  • cook for 5 minutes

Step 4

  • add the stock cube to boiling water
  • add the stock to the pan
  • cook for 15 mins to 20 mins
  • cook till soft

Step 5

  • add the milk to the pan
  • Drain the beans and wash in cold water
  • add the beans to the pan
  • cook for 5 minutes

Step 6

  • remove the soup from the heat
  • liquidise to a puree
  • if the soup is to thin leave on the heat till it reaches the consistency you require

Step 7

  • if cooking extra for the freezer
  • remove the extra and set aside
  • store the soup in a freezable container allow to cool and then place in freezer

Step 8

  • grate the parmesan
  • add to the soup
  • taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary

Step 9

  • wash and finely chop the fresh parsley
  • ladle the soup into serving bowls
  • Sprinkle with parsley

Step 10

  • serve with crusty rolls

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 grater
  • 1 hand liquidiser
  • 1 jug
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 large pan
  • 1 mortar and pestle
  • 1 sieve

How to make butter bean, celeriac and parmesan soup

This delicious soup uses butter beans as its base ingredient, these beans are part of the lima bean family and have a rich savoury taste. The texture of the bean is smooth and combined with its rich buttery taste makes it perfect for soup.

To make the soup lightly caramelize and begin to soften the onions and celeriac, add the caraway seeds and lightly cook then add the stock. Cook the soup till the vegetables are soft. Rinse and drain the tinned butter beans add to the soup with the milk. Puree the soup and add the parmesan. Serve the soup with crusty rolls  and a sprinkle of chopped parsley. 

Why our butter bean and celeriac soup is the best

Celeriac and butter bean make a delicious combination, the sharp peppery flavour of the celeriac acts as the perfect contrast to the butter bean. The parmesan gives the soup a rich creaminess and adds a salty edge to the soup. Finally the subtle aniseed taste of the caraway completes the soup perfectly. 

Make creamy butter bean soup for dinner tonight

This butter bean soup is the perfect winter starter or light evening meal, the soup is also ideal for vegetarians,  serve this delicious soup with  crusty white or brown rolls. This soup has  a sophisticated taste and would be ideal as a starter for a dinner party 

The beans and celeriac make this soup extremely filling with the additional protein from the butter beans and the hit of carbs from the celeriac. The soup is very creamy but without the addition of cream, the butter beans add the rich and creamy taste along with the parmesan cheese. and makes a lovely lunch. For simplicity the butter bean soup uses tinned butter beans you can use dried butter beans but you will need to pre cook them for this recipe so we stick to tinned.

Reheating and Freezing butter bean soup 

The soup can be stored in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months, we recommend you store it before you add the parmesan as the saltiness of the parmesan can dominate the soup particularly when frozen. Just store in airtight container prior to adding the parmesan, and then on reheat add the parmesan. 

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