Fall is around the corner and soups are on my radar. The Potato and Leek Soup is delightful and a favorite of mine and I am happy to share it with you today!
I initially got this recipe from my friend Caitlyn. She and her hubby eat healthy, grow their own herbs and she is always in the know of an appropriate and tasteful meal!
Picture and Recipe by/from Caitlin
- 1 large or 2 small leeks, about 1 pound
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 strips bacon, chopped
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 5 cups chicken stock
- 1 to 1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes, diced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup of heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons snipped chives for garnish
Cut the green parts of the leek off and discard. Using a sharp knife, halve the white part of the leek lengthwise and rinse well under cold running water to rid the leek of any sand. Slice thinly crosswise and set aside.
In a large soup pot over medium heat, melt the butter and add the bacon. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is very soft and has rendered most of its fat. Add the chopped leeks and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Add bay leaves, thyme sprigs, chicken stock, potatoes, salt and white pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are falling apart and the soup is very flavorful.
Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs and, working in batches, puree the soup in a food processor or blender. (Alternately, if you own an immersion blender, puree the soup directly in the pot.) Stir in the heavy cream and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. Serve immediately, with some of the snipped chives sprinkled over the top of each bowl of soup.
**Lauren's recipe addendum's:
-I am so naive when it comes to cooking that I didn't even know what a leek was, or a shallot, or a bay leaf. Shallots are onions found in the produce section, as well as leeks (mine were near the lettuce and the squash stuff) and the bay leaves came in a plastic jar in the spice aisle.
-Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top for a nice cheesy soup flavor.
-Go easy on the white pepper. The flavor of it is delicious, however I don't like peppery stuff, so for a less peppery taste, cut the proportion of what is included.
-I was a little nervous about how it would turn out cause some of the proportions gave a range of how much to include. I felt like I was guessing or making it up as I went, however it truly doesn't matter. I didn't measure exacts at all and it still came out really good!!!
-The measurements above make enough for approximately 4 servings.