Friday, 15 September 2017

Leek and Potato Soup

Well Autumn is well and truly here! And with Autumn come walks through crunchy fallen leaves, nights drawing in earlier, snuggling with warm jumpers, the heating on (yes, I have put it on much to Dude's chargrin!), hot chocolate and warm, nourishing soup!

One easy soup I enjoy with a warm, crusty bread is leek and potato and it really is so quick which as a busy Mum it is a bonus!

Picture bread torn and on wooden board.  flowers in jug vase


The ingredient list is short with very little prep involved including very little measuring also!

  • Leeks - approximately 3 large, chopped length ways and then into inch long pieces.
  • Potato - 1 large, peeled and cubed into one inch cubes (or there about, no need for a ruler!)
  • Stock - I use chicken but you could use vegetable instead if you are vegan/vegetarian  I use about 1 litre.
  • garlic = 3 cloves, crushed
  • onion - 1/2 large onion finely chopped
  • celery - one stalk, chopped 
  • oil - about a tbsp
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Butter - about a teaspoon
  • Crusty bread or home made croutons (I just chop up crusty bread into chunks, toss in plenty of oil, season and roast until golden brown) to serve.


1. Whatever I am cooking, I like to prep everything before I start cooking so that the actually cooking bit goes smoothly and I know that I have everything I need!   So first chop your leeks length ways and wash thoroughly - they often have sand and soil inside them - the only time sand is acceptable in your food is sandwiches at the beach!  Once washed, chop into smaller pieces - about an inch in size.  Also, chop onion, crush garlic and prepare stock if using cubes.

2. Gently fry onion, celery and garlic in the oil and butter until the onion is just softened.

3.  Add cubed potato and continue to gently fry for about a minute.

4. Add stock and bring to boil.

5 Add chooped leeks and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer.  Simmer for about 20 minutes.

6.Season to taste and then blend - I find using an immersion blender easiest and least messy!  You can have as lumpy or as smooth as you like.

Tip: If you have a little one joining you with soup - then either really thick soup would be best  or putting soup in a cup for them (but you obviously don't need reminding test the temperature before giving to them).  My little one enjoys soup in a cup and it's not too messy - well as non-messy as a two year old and soup can be! ha!

Hope you enjoy!

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