Leek & Potato Soup (a recipe)

So, I’ve posted soup recipes twice before (pea soup here & lentil-vegetable here). Don’t ask why I do this; I haven’t the slightest idea!   Maybe just that I have some pretty good soup recipes, & might as well share them around – is that a good enough reason?? Here goes:

Leek & Potato Soup

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 leeks, thinly sliced *
  • 1 medium or large onion, chopped
  • 6 - 8 russet potatoes, thinly sliced **
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken/or vegetarian broth (enough to barely cover potatoes)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (milk will also do!)
  • salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

 

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, then add onions & leeks. Cook, stirring, until onions are limp & just slightly brown.

Add sliced potatoes to saucepan, then pour in enough broth to just barely cover the potatoes. Continue cooking over medium heat until potatoes are tender. Using a potato masher, mash & stir potatoes until desired consistency is reached. As you mash the potatoes & the soup thickens, turn down heat & stir frequently with a large spoon to prevent scorching on the bottom.

Add one cup of heavy cream (or just plain milk, including rice milk) – more if you desire – & salt & black pepper to taste. Cook 15 minutes more over low heat, stirring frequently, then remove from heat… & serve. Delish!!

 

* Make sure to clean leeks thoroughly & slice only the white & light green part

** You need not peel the potatoes, as the peels add to the rustic texture of the soup. But make sure to scrub the ‘taters thoroughly, & remove any obvious blemishes before slicing.

 

*** & truthfully, I must admit, I don’t always use russet potatoes… Full disclosure from your truth-telling blogger! 

 Janet

p.s. thanks to Kylah & Zach for this recipe!!  

p.p.s. I ought to add that a) I use organic ingredients & b) the reason I made leek & potato soup this week is that I happily bought some (organically-grown) leeks at the farmers' market last Saturday. 

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