Friday, November 7, 2008

Potato Leek Soup

After planning my weekly menu a while ago, I got an e-mail from my cousin, Andie. She wanted an easy potato soup recipe. Well, luckily I had one on the menu. Andie was a little hesitant about this recipe because she had never used leeks before. Good news, neither had I until I made this. For Andie, I have included a bit of a tutorial on using leeks. I hope it helps.

3 Tbsp butter
3 leeks, cleaned and thinly sliced
1 onion, chopped
6 - 8 russet potatoes, thinly sliced
4 1/2 cups chicken broth (or enough to barely cover potatoes)
1 cup heavy cream
Kosher salt and ground pepper

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat then add onions and leeks. Cook, stirring, until onions are limp and just slightly brown.

Add sliced potatoes to saucepan then pour in enough chicken broth to just barely cover the potatoes. Continue cooking over medium heat until potatoes are tender. Using a potato masher, mash and stir potatoes until desired consistency is reached. As you mash the potatoes and the soup thickens, turn down heat and stir frequently with a large spoon to prevent scorching on the bottom.

Add one cup of heavy cream and salt and black pepper to taste. Cook 15 minutes more over low heat, stirring frequently, then remove from heat and serve.

Yields 6 servings.

Rookie's Notes: When slicing the potatoes, I used a food processor with a slicing blade.

Credit for the gist of this recipe goes to Nicole of Pinch My Salt.


Cheffie-Mom said...

YUM! YUM! YUM! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

Jodi Jean said...

i might have to add some leeks to my order, how good does that sound?!

cat+tadd said...

That looks really good! Make it for me?

Andrea said...

Thank you so much! I think I'll do this tomorrow night, as the whole family will be home. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Deborah said...

I love potato soup and I bet adding leeks makes it even better!

RecipeGirl said...

This looks terribly wonderful for a rainy day... great comfort food!

Maria said...

great soup recipe!

kristyn said...

This recipe looks scrumptious-- I think I'll try it as soon as it dips below the eighties here in CA. Thanks for sharing your talent.
I'll agree with your previous post-- Van is darling!!

We Are Never Full said...

whoa! look at that soup - love the chunkiness!

marissa said...

looks delish. p.s. I find it easier to chop the leeks and then rinse them after (kind of like lettuce)