Autumn Soup # 3 Potato and Leek Soup
Why does it always seem like I'm making white soups? Well here is another to add to the list. My darling husband makes the best potato and leek soup I have ever tasted. (He will readily eat a creamy soup.) He wowed my super picky, vegetarian friend in Seattle. I copy his recipe and hope every time that it turns out as well. I adore this soup because it is so simple. You taste leeks, potatoes and that’s it. It’s light and wonderfully homey all in the same spoonful.
Potato and Leek Soup
Serves 2-4 as a first course
2-3 leeks, split, rinsed and sliced very thinly, white parts only
2-3 potatoes, nice white or yellow potatoes, no baking potatoes, diced ½ in.
Water, yes water not broth
Pinch of white pepper
Snips of chive
¼ to ½ C. cream (optional)
1. Put a bit of butter into a large saute pan, heat until the bubbling subsides then add the leeks.
2. Cook for 30 mins. on low or until the leeks are falling apart and soft.
3. Pass the leeks through a food mill and add them back to the pan, add the potatoes. Barely cover the potatoes with water add a pinch of salt and let cook on low until the potatoes are very soft, mushy is okay.
4. With a whisk, gently whisk the soup to a creamy consistency. Do NOT place the soup in a blender, the potatoes will become gluey. (I’ve done this and learned the hard way.)
5. For a richer soup, you can mad ¼-½ C. of heavy cream. Taste for salt and garnish with snipped chives.