Monday, October 19, 2009

Leek and Potato Soup

I have been trying to grow leeks for three years now since I love them but they get a little expensive in the stores. Well, this year I finally have some!

Not the huge ones you see in the store, but they will work just fine for my leek and potato soup. I evolved this recipe from the one in Renny Darling's Vegetarian Fast and Fancy (one of my favorite cookbooks.

  • 4 small leeks
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 4 medium potatoes (I recommend one of the golds)
  • 6 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • 4 TBS chopped chives
  • Olive oil
  • White pepper
  • sea salt

Slice the leeks and chop the onions. Saute in a little olive oil.

I use chicken bouillon for the broth and like to add it with the oil as the oil helps break it down faster.

Once everything is sauteed, add all the broth (add 6 cups water at this point if using bouillion), white pepper and salt. Simmer while preparing the potatoes.

Cube the potatoes into 1/2 - 1 in cubes and fry over medium heat.

Once the potatoes are well seared, add them to the soup.

Simmer for about ten minutes.

Add the chopped chives right before serving. Delicious!

This soup always goes fast in my house, and this batch was the best ever!

Maybe it was the home grown leeks...


Di said...

Sylvana, must admit I have not made a leek soup, but looks like I shall with this recipe. Lots of potatoes from the garden and we are always looking for new soup recipes.

Thank you for your kind comment and for stopping by my blog and introducing yourself.

Sylvana said...

Di, this leek and potato soup is very flavorful. I think you will enjoy it.
BTW - your garden is fantastic!

Smunkee said...

Thank you soooooooo much for posting this. I have found so many other recipes that require putting the soup through the food processor and YUCK! I'm a grown-up I don't want baby food! Thanks for an adult worthy recipe!

Sylvana said...

Smunkee, I'm always glad to hear someone get excited about one of my recipes! I think the Renee Darling one called for blending it as well but I think unless you're making cream soup, blended potatoes has a weird texture - so I skipped it. Frying the potatoes brings a whole other level to this anyway :)