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Potato Leek Soup
January 9, 2012, 3:05 am
Filed under: Soups | Tags: , ,

Introduction:

I wasn’t familiar with leeks until we received some in our bi-weekly vegetable delivery. The delivery company, The Organic Box, also includes a newsletter in each of their boxes and this recipe was included. It’s been a huge hit with my husband and I and I find it way less labour intensive to make than I thought. The soup stores well in the fridge and my husband loves that doing so makes it nice and thick. We’ve made this recipe several times since we discovered it.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp canola oil

1/2 tbsp butter

1 white onion, finely chopped

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

2 leeks, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2.5 lbs potatoes, 1 inch dice

vegetable stock (or water)

salt & pepper

3/4 cup whipping cream

Instructions:

Heat oil and butter in large saucepan, add onions, celery, leeks and garlic with 1/2 tsp salt. Saute until soft, about 20 minutes. Add potatoes and enough stock to cover and cook until potatoes are soft. Remove from heat and blend with a hand blender until smooth. Season and finish with whipping cream. Garnish with chives, if you wish.

Comments and Rating:

I admit, I don’t always follow the amounts exactly as indicated, which sometimes changes the flavor from batch to batch. Still it makes for a good hearty soup and paying attention to your seasoning allows you to easily adjust the flavor. I use vegetable stock in my batches for the flavor and then top up with water if I need to. Also, the amount of handblending required varies on your preference. You can blend it well for a nice smooth cream soup, or blend lightly for some nice potatoe chunk.

Our Home Rating? 4/5 bites

Recipe Source: The Organic Box News (www.theorganicbox.ca)

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