Potato Leek Soup

I love potato leek soup, but very rarely eat it, as it generally tastes more like heavy cream than potato or leek.  For some reaon, I’ve never made it myself.  I found this recipe on Simply Recipes and, having some organic leeks in the fridge, and organic Holbrook Farm potatoes in the “root cellar” (a.k.a. “the garage“), I decided to give it a go.

I used a mix of potatoes (mostly those that seemed soft and needed to be used up); red, Russet, Yukon and even a tiny purple potato.  Ronnybrook Farm local butter likely added to the yumminess factor, but really, for such a simple soup, the taste is hard to beat.

This could easily be prepared as a completely local meal, aside from the spices.  For devout locavores, black pepper could be replaced by dried, pulverized chili pepper. Those more talented than I can ferment local hot chile peppers to make their own version of Tabasco (my attempt last summer turned into a bowl of mold).

Adapted from Potato Leek Soup by Elise at Simply Recipes

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 large leeks, cleaned & chopped*
  • 3 tbsp local butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken (or vegetable) stock
  • 2 lbs potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, 1/2 inch dice
  • salt & pepper
  • Tabasco

METHOD

  1. In medium stockpot, sauté leeks in butter, with salt & pepper to taste over low heat.  Cover pan and cook for approximately 10 minutes. Check often and ensure that leeks do not brown; browning will give leeks a burnt taste.
  2. Add water, stock, and potatoes.  Simmer covered for 20 minutes, or until potates are tender.  Puree with an immersion blender, or transfer 50-100% of the soup to a blender, puree, and return to pan.  Add salt and pepper to taste – add dash of Tabasco or other chile sauce if desired.

Serves 4 – 6.

*Trim off root ends and tough, dark green tops.  Most recipes say to use only the white & pale green parts of leeks; I like to include some of the darker green, about 1-2 inches.  Cut leeks lengthwise into quarters. Wash thoroughly, separating leaves. Chop into 1/4 inch slices.

OPTIONS

  1. Add 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, oregano or chives, just before serving.

STORE

Refrigerated, up to 5 days. Like most soups, this will freeze well for up to 6 months.  Freeze in individual-sized Tupperware for a quick lunch at the office.

SEASON

Leeks are a cool weather crop, so Spring & Fall here in the Northeast. Potatoes are best in Fall & Winter.  Try this: saute leeks in butter, then freeze this ‘base’ in recipe-sized portions.  Pull it out of the freezer, add water, stock & potatoes, and voila! Dinner.

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5 comments

  1. barefootrooster

    made this for dinner tonight — sprinkled it with smoked paprika instead of adding tobasco. so delicious — thanks!

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