Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Making Tuesday Leek And Potato Soup

Autumn and Winter are my soup making times. I love soups of all kinds, reminds me of growing up in Oregon. My mom made a lot of soups with lots of wonderful and fresh ingredients. Potato based soups are one of my faves so enjoy this version!


8 leeks, white part only, washed and medium juilenned
4 tablespoons salted butter or margarine
5 medium cloves garlic, finely minced
3 quarts chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
3 1/2 pounds Red Bliss potatoes, scrubbed, unpeeled, and medium chopped
6 medium carrots, peeled and medium chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Garnish: 1 teaspoon finely chopped curly parsley
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1. Heat the butter in a medium skillet and sauté the leeks over medium heat for 5-6 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté for 1 minute more. Set aside.

2. Heat the chicken broth in a large stockpot over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes, carrots, reserved leeks, dill, salt, and pepper to the broth and continue to simmer the soup, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender but have not lost their shape, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool for 10 minutes.

4. Purée the soup in batches in a food processor fitted with a knife blade. The soup will be smooth, colorful, and thick. Return the puréed soup to the stockpot, blend in the reserved marrow, and season to taste. Reheat over low heat and garnish with parsley.

*recipe courtesy of epicurious.com*