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Cream of Potato & Leek Soup

 

It is FRIGID outside. And has been snowing for two days. And I hate snow. So that’s where I’m at.

 

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Fortunately, I have soup. THIS soup. This soup that has potato and leek and herbs and is super delicious and satisfying. And that warms my soul up a little bit.

 

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PS – have you all entered this week’s giveaway yet? It’s the last giveaway of the month, part of the fanfare that came with the launch of my new Resources section! Check it out if you haven’t already.

 

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But back to this soup. And how happy it makes me. The leeks give it a beautiful green hue, and if you have time I suggest letting it cook on the stovetop as long as you can to really let the flavors develop. It also keeps well in the fridge and makes for a great reheated leftover lunch the next day. WIN.

 

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If you aren’t a “cream-of…” soup person, feel free to omit the pureeing step and leave your soup chunky and rustic. It’s just as delicious! If you decide to go that route, I suggest cutting the veggies into smaller pieces that will fit more comfortably on your spoon. Either way you serve it, though, this soup is a winner.

 

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Cream of Potato & Leek Soup

Inactive Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Cream of Potato & Leek Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large leeks, roughly chopped (make sure you rinse them well to remove any grit!)
  • 4 medium-sized yukon gold potatoes, halved
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 sprigs parsley
  • 2 and 3/4 cup chicken, turkey, or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim)
  • toasted baguette slices (optional) for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. When oil is hot, add leeks, potatoes, salt and pepper, and garlic and saute three minutes or until leeks have softened and brightened in color.
  3. Add butter to pot and stir until it’s melted.
  4. When butter has melted, add flour and stir well to create a roux. Cook one minute until roux has darkened a bit in color.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of stock and stir to incorporate the stock with the ingredients in the pot, taking care to break up any chunks of roux (the flour-butter mixture). Then add the rest of the stock and stir to combine.
  6. Tie thyme, bay leaves, and parsley together with kitchen twine to form a bouquet garni. Add this to the pot.
  7. Bring soup to a simmer and simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes or until soup has thickened.
  8. Remove soup from heat, remove bouquet garni from the pot, and puree soup with an immersion blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer the soup in batches to a blender and puree it that way, then return it to the pot. (But I HIGHLY recommend investing in an immersion blender – they’re MAGICAL).
  9. Place soup over medium heat and return to a simmer. Add milk to soup and stir to combine.
  10. Return soup to a simmer and let cook for 5-10 minutes until soup has thickened to desired consistency. Remove from heat and top with toasted baguette slices (optional). Serve immediately.
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  • Sarah Jean May 19, 2014, 8:55 PM

    I made this tonight for my roommate and I and it was delicious! I skipped the pureeing step (no food processor/blender) and used sweet potatoes because I had those on hand. It was just the hearty and flavorful meal we needed. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Jessie June 16, 2014, 10:51 AM

      I’m happy you liked it! Thanks for letting me know how it turned out!

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  • Michael April 25, 2014, 4:42 PM

    I really liked this soup, but have to point out two things:

    1) The recipe shouldn’t say that the potatoes are halved, when clearly in your pictures they are roughly chopped. This caused my potatoes to take quite a bit longer to cook to tender.

    2) My soup came out very green! Still tastes great but isn’t as pretty. Did I use too much of the green of the leek?

    Thanks!

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    • Jessie May 1, 2014, 11:31 AM

      I’m happy to hear you liked the soup! Thanks for catching the typo; I’ll take a look at it. The greenness of the soup depends on the leeks – but using more or less of the green shouldn’t affect the taste. If you’d like it to be a little less green, you could use only the whites of the leeks or substitute a bit of yellow or white onion. The onion flavor will be a bit more pronounced, but the soup will be lighter in color.

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  • caroluski May 6, 2013, 3:10 PM

    Delicious!
    Made it today ona cloudy rainy day in S.Calif. in May (I know, right)

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    • Jessie June 9, 2013, 8:43 PM

      I’m glad you liked it! It’s JUST starting to warm up in the midwest, so I’ve been making a lot more soup than I thought I would be in JUNE. Hah. This is one of my favorites. Thanks for letting me know how you liked it!

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