08 February 2008

Potato-Leek Soup

At Cass's request. This is so simple, but so tasty. It's adapted from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything.

some potatoes (I used five smallish russets)
some leeks, an equal number to the potatoes (I actually only had three, but they were large)
veggie or chicken stock
salt and pepper
sour cream (I used Cabot's Light; you could also use plain yogurt or milk/cream)

Peel and dice potatoes. Thinly slice white and light green parts of leeks. Sauté potatoes and leeks in a medium-large stockpot in a bit of olive oil or butter for a couple of minutes, just to wilt the leeks—do not let veggies brown. Generously salt and pepper, then add stock to about an inch above level of veggies. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until veggies are very tender, about 20 min.

Off heat, use immersion blender or food processor to purée soup. Add sour cream (or yogurt or milk) to taste (I used about 3/4 c.) and blend until well mixed.

Garnish with fresh parsley or dill or whatever else strikes your fancy and you have in your fridge. If you're me, eat with a reheated piece of naan from your work send-off lunch.


Cass said...

Thanks! Sounds like lunch!
You can totally tell I'm "working" from home today....as it's equal parts work and reading blogs.

Sylvie said...

Ooh, yum! I love a leek SO MUCH, but hate to get them ready (how does so much direct reside in one vegetable?) I overcome said laziness every couple of months to make them b/c they are my favorite vegetable.

Snickollet said...


If you don't already know this "trick," when I'm dealing with grubby leeks, I just cut them up to the size I need for my recipe, then dump the pieces in a big bowl of water and swish them around. The gritty stuff will all go to the bottom of the bowl, and you can just scoop the leeks out of the water. It's pretty pain-free, but like you, I do wonder how so much dirt can get into one veggie!


Hairline Fracture said...

That sounds so good. I love potato soup.

honglien123 said...

Mm, this sounds good and thanks for the link to the book. I've been looking for a cookbook that's simple enough for my hubby to try for a long long LONG time.

What A Card said...

Wow, that sounds awesome. I'll have to try it. I tried to make a potato soup about a year ago, and it kind of turned into soupy mashed potatoes. Not a pretty sight. But I think it's about time I give it another go.

Linz said...

WOW - thanks for the recipe! It was cold and blustery here in the Midwest today, so I gave the soup a go. Deeeeelish.