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Meat Lite: Creamy Celery Root Soup (with or Without Chicken)

[Photograph: Joy Manning]

This simple soup comes together with a minimum of fuss, partly because it's based on so few ingredients. Though the list is short and simple, the final bowl of soup delivers unexpectedly complex flavors thanks to celery root's way of lending a starchy, potato-like quality as well as an aromatic element. Leeks, too, behave like onions, but with subtlety, panache, and fresh flavor thanks to the light green part of the plant. The chicken contributes a meaty substance, for sure, but it is easily omitted for a fine vegetarian bowl of cold-weather comfort.

About the author: Joy Manning is the restaurant critic at Philadelphia Magazine. She blogs at Oyster Evangelist.

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