This creamless soup combines one of our favorite overlooked vegetables with pears and shallots to create a light starter that’s delicate and complex-tasting.
What to buy: This is not the time to pull out bland celery commonplace in most supermarkets. Instead, look for fresh, green, unblemished celery and you’ll be rewarded with a nicely flavored soup.
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Beverage pairing: The delicate and fine flavors here suggest a Riesling, but to reinforce the rare and green flavor of celery, try going to a comparable but different wine, Grüner Veltliner from Austria. A light style with a little characteristic pepper fits the bill: 2006 Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger.