Saturday, January 31, 2009

potato leek soup

Had some leeks in the fridge from the farmer's market, so decided to make some potato/leek soup last night. I roughly followed the ATK recipe.

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
3 leeks, white sections only, cut into 1/2" half-moons and well rinsed.
4 gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 box of low sodium chicken stock + 1 cup + more as necessay
Salt & pepper to taste

In a large pot or dutch oven, heat butter and olive oil. Sweat leeks over medium-low heat for 20 minutes until very soft, but not brown. Add potatoes, thyme, bayleaf and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.

Remove bay leaf. Now, you can leave the soup chunky (totally delicious) or transfer it in 2 sections into a blender and puree until smooth. You can also do 1/2-and-1/2; puree some, and recombine it with the chunky, which is really good too. Add more hot chicken stock to the puree if you need to make a thinner soup.

Now season with salt & pepper to taste, and enjoy with some homemade bread. Very hearty, pretty damn healthy and totally delicious.

No comments: