A comforting soup story for Coastal Living

Back in July, right in the middle of summer, I styled and photograph a soup story for the November issue of Coastal Living magazine.

Comforting and cozy soups (some not gluten-free, which I ended up adapting for myself) that I knew I would come back to once colder months arrived. And I did.

Salmon chowder, chicken and vegetable soup with herb dumplings, spicy shrimp boil, five onion soup, and a favorite….

creamy celery root and apple soup with smoked trout and hazelnuts.

The recipes, which came from the Coastal Living test kitchen except the salmon chowder which is from Chef Christine Keff of Flying Fish in Seattle, were a hit with my friends who took plenty of leftovers home.

I made the celery root and apple soup again this week and plan to incorporate it into my holiday menu. Jon and Miren loved it with cheese toasties.

I really enjoy the contrast of sweet & smoky and creamy & crunchy. Every bite should have all of those components.

The November issue of Coastal Living is on newsstands now and you can find all the recipes there.

On another note, I am so excited to read that “Small Plates and Sweet Treats” was listed as a favorite fall book on Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP.

Thank you for that. Flattered.

Creamy celery root and apple soup with smoked trout and hazelnuts

adapted from Coastal Living, Nov 2012

serves 6 to 8

1 (1 3/4-pound) celery root, peeled and diced
1 medium apple (such as Gala), peeled, cored, and diced
1 medium russet potato, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 ounces smoked trout, flaked into pieces
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped
Microgreens, optional
Hazelnut oil, optional

1) Combine first seven ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer 30 minutes or until potato and celery root are very tender.
2) Puree soup and stir in nutmeg. Adjust seasoning if necessary. Top each serving with smoked trout, toasted hazelnuts and microgreens and drizzle of hazelnut oil.

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32 Responses to “A comforting soup story for Coastal Living”

  1. monica says:

    Hello Aran, thanks for the reply!i thinks it’s better not wait for the possibility of a translation..i hope i can write if i don ‘t understand a word ! A greeting from italy (near como) monica

  2. I never tire of soup during the cold months, and this recipe will be a wonderful addition to my repertoire. I don’t think I’ve ever incorporated smoked fish in a soup. This combination of flavors seems like a great idea!

  3. Giulia says:

    These all look amazing and I’ll be hard pressed to decide on which one, but maybe I should pull out that salmon out of the freezer for a chowder?

  4. Angela says:

    This looks delicious. I just cooked a celeriac (what we call celery soup) and apple soup, which was very good, but I love the addition of the smoked trout, reminds me of something I might have had in Finland when I was there earlier in the year.

  5. This looks amazing. You always have such beautiful photography! I can’t wait to make the salmon chowder.

  6. Your soups have never led me astray, the fennel shallot clams was just as amazing as the leeks butternut potato soup, they’ve both become some of our family favorites. I have high hopes for this one as well.

  7. Iratxe says:

    Aran, ¡todas tienen una pinta deliciosa!, se me hace la boca agua con la de manzana, célery, trucha y avellanas, ¡hay que probarla!. Muxuak,


  8. Your photography is wonderful and is making me hungry. Even though I just had lunch… I will definitely give this soup recipe a try. It’s sure to make my family happy! Thanks for all your recipe’s…we love them!

  9. Nelli says:


    I missed your trip to Seattle, but I bought your book:)! Hope you are coming back soon!

    Could I ask you what you mean when you say “puree the soup”?

  10. Lone C says:

    I like the idea of smoked fish, nuts and apple in the soup!

  11. Ely says:

    Oh, dear.. I love your photos… they are so warmy and tasty! What a comforting soup, I’ve.. no words! I’ll go crazy for it! Congratulations, you’re very good at cooking.. A big hug and a kiss! :)

  12. Wow, the celery root and apple soup looks so inviting and warm – I’d love a bowl right now. Such a beautiful post!

  13. Elisa says:

    Wow, these soups looks really yummy and sooo cozy! Unfortunately, I don’t live in the US, otherwise I would buy that magazine. However, that last recipe posted here sounds rater lovely; I will try it as soon as I can find celery root! Where do you find these nut oils that you use sometimes? On the internet?

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  15. Dear Aran,

    I got your book (finally! ;)), this week and was so pleased – actually – so moved! Your story is so genuine and the whole book is warming – and BEAUTIFUL (of course) – and I’ve just tried my first recipe – the brioche. …. and, I couldn’t wait for it to cool and so cut into it while it was still warm and….. oh, my word!!! It was gorgeous – fragrant and delicious!!!! No wonder your children love it! I’m just so happy….. =D

    It seems like you should be congratulated but, really, I just want to thank you!

    Best wishes!

    Katy Noelle

    P.S. and your book is so generous – so many incredible looking recipes… it’s hard to decide which to try first! =/ =]

    • Aran says:


      Thank you so much for your kind words and I see you went straight for the good recipes! I love the brioche too. It is really wonderful to hear that you are enjoying the stories and the recipes. Thank you for sharing


  16. This looks absolutely wonderful, perfect for the rainy weekend ahead here in California.

  17. Your food photography is such an inspiration to me…… So clean and elegant…

  18. Christian Rene Friborg says:

    Dying to try the salmon chowder!

  19. Kelli says:

    GOOP! Whoop, whoop! That’s how I first found you a few years ago. Congrats, again!

  20. Such beauty…both, visually & culinary! Many thanks for the inspiration & sincere congratulations on your continued success.

  21. Ashley says:

    Beautiful blog!

    But serious…. Where do I find those polka dot spoons!!? Please direct me to utensil goodness!

    As a wellness coach, I love sharing your recipes to clients. It cements the idea that eating well is an enjoyable and tasty experience.

    Thank you!

  22. ana says:

    Your pictures are so beautiful! I would love to live close by and take part on the workshops. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  23. María says:

    Hola Aran, acabo de descubrir tu blog, las fotos son toooooodas preciosas. Me apetece hacer la sopa. Aquí en España trnemos esa trucha ahumada? La que yo conozco tiene un aspecto parecido al salmón ahumado, en lonchitas finitas. Gracias

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