Saturday, February 16, 2008

Leek & Potato Soup


I'm really an amateur when it comes to soup. I grew up eating chicken soup and the occasional wonton soup, but that's pretty much it.

More recently, I've been discovering how amazing vegetable soups can be. I recently made Potato and Leek soup, after seeing this and this. It was soooo good!

I'll be submitting this post to No Croutons Required



Leek & Potato Soup

3 leeks
1 carrot
2 stalks of celery
2 tbsp butter
4 potatoes
5 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Cut off roots and green tops of leeks, leaving about an inch (or two) of green.



Discard outer layer of leeks and cut leeks down the center length-wise. Rise thoroughly. Also clean carrot and celery and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.



2. Melt butter into a soup pot and saute leeks on medium heat for about 10 minutes - until leeks soften and turn translucent.



After 10 minutes of sweating the vegetables:



3. Peel and cut potatoes into chunks. Add potatoes and vegetable broth to pot. Turn up the heat to a boil and then back down to a simmer. Leave the cover slightly ajar and let cook for about 30 minutes, till potatoes get soft.



4. Remove from heat and use hand blender (or transfer to standing blender) to blend in potatoes and leeks. When done, return to low heat.



5. Wisk in heavy cream, add salt and pepper as desired.

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7 comments:

Peter M said...

You did the soup just fine. Relax, soups are very forgiving and just taste and adjust along the way.

Kevin said...

I am still amazed at how good simple vegetable soups turn out. Theres not much in them but they are very tasty.

Pixie said...

We love leek and potato soup, well done for trying out a new soup. I'm sure this is one you will make over and over again!

amysep said...

Thanks for the 'shout-out'! I do like the idea of adding carrots for some added sweetness to the dish. And, of course, you will never go wrong adding cream! Delicious! Amy @ http://www.neverfull.wordpress.com

Psychgrad said...

peter - you're right...I'm going to keep looking for vegetable soup recipes.

kevin - I know - how can something that tastes so good also be good for you and easy to make? There must be a catch.

pixie - for sure! Thanks.

amysep - thanks for the inspiration and for visiting.

Kate said...

I love any soup with leeks!

Dhanggit said...

i would love to dive into this soup!! soo yummy and healthy!!

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