At the moment I seem to be making lots of soup. Last week when faced with an excess of lettuce I made a lovely vibrant green pea and lettuce soup. This week I was faced with a glut of leeks and decided to make an old favourite, leek and potato soup. This is a classic soup and makes an ideal warmer on a winters day. It is quick and easy to prepare and freezes well. Why not double the recipe and freeze half for another day. If you want an elegant starter you can add a swirl of cream to impress any guests you have visiting. Home made leek and potato soup is much more tasty than tinned or packet soup, you can really taste the gentle onion taste of the leeks and the warming creamy taste of the potatoes. It is a classic soup for a reason, it is a soup for all seasons. It can be served warm in the winter but also makes a lovely cold soup in the Summer.
Although the rain seems to have stopped for now, the weather has turned really cold. This morning it was frosty. Not a gentle frost, the sort of frost that paints patterns on the car windows and refuses to be removed no matter how hard you scrape. You can see your breath steaming in the cold air and your hands get gradually numb. It would be sensible to wear gloves if only you knew where they were. The days remain grey, with wisps of fog looming over the trees. It seems like ages since we have seen the sun. You start wondering if Spring is ever going to come. On days like these soup is the perfect dish. It warms you when you come in out of the cold. There is something heart warming about a bowl of steaming soup and a slice of crusty bread. If served in a mug you can wrap your fingers round the cup and allow them to thaw gently, savouring the smell that wafts into the air.
Leek and potato soup is a satisfying soup to make. Peel a couple of potatoes and an onion, chop them up with a couple of leeks and simmer in some stock for a short while. A lovely aroma fills the house and all that needs to be done is to blitz the soup in a food processor. You can blitz it until it is smooth or leave a few chunks of leek in for a more hearty soup. Season to taste and serve. It is so simple to make and ready in a hurry. It is filling as well. So often the colder days leave you feeling hungry and needing more to eat. This will keep the hunger pangs at bay, it even filled up my teenage son which takes some doing. He is always raiding the fridge and cupboards looking for more food to eat, teenage boys are always hungry. Anything that helps to fill them has got to be good.
Leek and potato soup recipe
- 4 leeks
- 1 onion
- 2 potatoes
- 50 g butter
- 850 ml vegetable or chicken stock
- 275 ml milk
- salt and pepper to season
- Peel and chop the onion and potatoes into chunks
- Trim the leeks and cut into fine pieces
- Melt the butter in the pan and add the leeks, onions and potatoes.
- Season with salt and pepper and cook gently for around ten minutes until softened
- Add the stock and the milk, cover and simmer gently for around 20 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
- Blend to a purée and serve
Add a little cream if desired