What a tantalizing soup to serve with salad and a sandwich or just a crusty piece of bread!!! Make it lunch or dinner….just MAKE it! Blend the sweet delicate flavor of leeks with potatoes to create this creamy soup. Velvety potato leek soup will quickly become a family favorite!
Have you cooked with leeks before? They are a member of the onion family and look like a very large green onion. Leeks add a mild yet sweet flavor to any dish. You will, however, need to take time to clean them as dirt and grit get caught in the layers easily. It is best to clean them by cutting off the end and then slice in half length-wise from root to top. Pull the layers of the onions apart and run each under the water to clean thoroughly.
Velvety Potato Leek Soup Ingredients ~
- 1 Stick Butter
- 2 Medium Leeks (sliced)
- 1 Medium Onion (diced)
- 3 Green Onions (diced)
- 5 Russet Potatoes (peeled & sliced or cubed)
- 32 Ounce Chicken or Vegetable Broth
- 1 1/2 tsp. Thyme
- 3 Cloves Fresh Garlic (minced)
- 2 Cups Heavy Cream
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Melt stick of butter in stock pan. Add sliced leeks, green onions, garlic and onion to pan. Saute over medium heat until vegetables are translucent (be careful not to brown).
Add potatoes, thyme and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until potatoes are softened (about 20-25 minutes depending on thickness of potatoes).
Using a food processor or immersion blender, blend about 3/4 of the soup until it is pureed. *You can puree the whole batch, but I prefer to leave a small portion of it a bit chunky. If you are using a food processor, ladel portions at a time to the processor depending upon the size of your processor bowl.
Return puree to pot and add heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook over low heat until heated through.
- crumbled bacon, bacon and more bacon!!!
- shredded gruyere, parmesan or cheese of your choice
- sprinkle of cayenne pepper
- cracked black pepper
You can omit the heavy cream or substitute half and half for a more low-fat version of velvety potato leek soup. The soup will still have a creamy texture to it as the pureeing process creates a creamy a nice cream consistency.
Slice or dice the potatoes to your preference. Whichever method you choose, you will not want them to be real thick or it will take longer for the potatoes to soften while cooking. The picture belows shows slices, but I actually prefer dicing the potatoes. Small chunks of potatoes give a nice texture for that 1/4 of the soup I do not puree.
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Serve this luscious soup with a leafy green salad or a side of pasta salad. Add some crusty bread that is great for dipping for a hearty and cozy dinner. What’s even better is that this fun idea is coming to you right before St. Patrick’s Day. Afterall, it is also called Irish Potato Leek soup! Enjoy!
Happy Cooking ~
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