This past weekend I had a craving for soup. I’m one of those people who can eat soup any time of year – winter, spring, summer, autumn – it doesn’t matter the season. My family is not like that, and my hubby prefers having soup when it’s a bit colder out.
As my luck would have it the Saturday was cold; and perfect soup weather. So I decided to attempt my first Potato and Leek soup. I know this is a basic soup and so easy to make; and I can’t believe I never tried it before!!
So now I will share my recipe (since I adjusted it slightly according to my taste) with you!
Divine Potato and Leek Soup:
- 5 large potatoes
- 5 large leeks
- ½ white onion
- Few sprigs of spring onion (optional)
- 1l chicken stock
- 1 cup cream
- Dash of oil
- Peel, cut and wash your potatoes and onion.
- Cut and wash your leeks and spring onion. Make sure to wash the leeks well, as grit tends to get in everywhere!
- Heat a dash of oil in your pot.
- Once the oil is warm, add your onion and leeks and allow them to sweat – not burn or discolor.
- As soon as the onions start to turn translucent add the potato and spring onions. And mix thoroughly.
- Pour in the stock. It should be enough to cover all the vegetables and potatoes, if not just add some water.
- Bring to a simmer, and allow to simmer at least 30 min, or until the potatoes are soft. You can let it simmer for longer if time allows.
- Blend until smooth using a stick blender, or…
- Take the pot off the heat and allow to cool completely.
- Blend the soup using a stand blender by adding to the blender (might need to do two sessions) and pulsing a few times before blending on full speed.
- Pour back into the pot and start re-heating.
- Finally add the cup of cream and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve warm, and savor the comfort!
5 nice serving suggestions:
- Top your soup with some freshly made croutons.
- Top with some freshly grated cheese; Cheddar works quite well, but Gouda is also nice.
- Sprinkle some chopped spring onion over the top for a fresh twist.
- Serve in a bread bowl.
- Serve in a bowl with a crisp and cheesy pastry lid.
Enough to make anyone’s mouth water! What are some of you family favorite soup recipes? And when will you enjoy them; summer, winter, whenever? Let me know in a comment below.