Leek and Potato Soup

The past three days have been hot. Over 90 degrees hot.

So hot that our plants look wilted, even after the never ending rain we’ve had this spring. So hot that my shoulders got burnt yesterday at the farm with Maggie. So hot that the last thing I want to think about is hot meals.

And here I am, posting a recipe for soup.

Either I’m a little crazy or this soup is just too good not to share. Maybe it’s a little of both?

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This spring was my first time to ever have leeks. I am now obsessed.

Why am I so behind on these things? Why didn’t anyone ever tell me how light and timid their flavor is or that they are delicious in stir fries and soups and salads and anything else I want to put them in?

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I made the soup earlier this month when our weather was crazy and unsettled and left us with a few sopping wet and chilly days. This soup, with a side of focaccia and a salad, was the perfect dinner on those nights.

If super hot summer weather hasn’t hit you yet, this might be the perfect dinner this week.

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It’s simple, easy, and insanely tasty for only having a handful of ingredients.

If you have 30 minutes and some not so great weather, you’ll have a great dinner on your table in no time.

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I promise warm weather recipes are on their way. I’m just as behind as our seasons are this year.

In the meantime, make this soup. It’s delicious for a light dinner and reheats beautifully for lunch leftovers.

 

Leek and Potato Soup

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 lb. leeks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2-3 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to the pot.
  2. Slice the dark green tops off the leeks and discard them. You want to keep the white/light green sections to use in the soup.
  3. Slice each leek in half lengthwise, then slice in half moon shapes.
  4. Toss the sliced leeks in cold water to loosen the dirt. Drain and add to the olive oil.
  5. While the leeks are sauteeing, peel the potatoes and dice into 1” pieces.
  6. When the leeks are softened, add the potatoes. Stir together and put a lid on the pot.
  7. Let the leeks and potatoes cook, covered, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Once the potatoes are starting to soften a little, pour in the broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  9. Reduce heat to low-medium and let simmer, covered, until the potatoes are cooked through.
  10. Blend soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender until all the soup is silky smooth.
  11. Serve, topped with a drizzle more olive oil and chopped chives.

24 Responses to “Leek and Potato Soup”

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    The Teenage Taste — May 31, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Mmmmm…this looks fabulous! Potato soup is oh-so comforting!

    PS – Don’t worry about the untimely posting. I’m posting a recipe for chili later this week! Haha. The temperature doesn’t affect my eating whatsoever. I drink smoothies when it’s snowing! :-P

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    Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free — May 31, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Wow! That is ridiculously easy :) :) And I adore creamy soups (without the cream! ) I make a similar soup with cauliflower, but I have to try this one :)

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      I know, right? I love how easy it was. And it was so silky and creamy – Nick didn’t believe me at first when I told him there was no cream in it.

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — May 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    LOL! I did soup on my blog too! We must be crazy! ;)

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      That’s too funny :) I knew I couldn’t wait any longer to post this, especially if it just keeps getting warmer!

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal — May 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I live in Illinois, so I’m sure it will be cold again next week ;) It’ll be good then!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — May 31, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    This soup looks so good and comforting. I love how simple it is! I can’t wait to try it out. :)

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks Lindsey! I hope you like it :)

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    Faith @ lovelyascharged — May 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    It’s so funny, I’ve been craving potato leek soup – even though I havent had it in years! Thanks for the recipe – sounds perfect!

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    Shannon — May 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    that looks heavenly… but i hate to say that I can’t think about soup right now :)

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    Jes — May 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    The soup looks perfect and, hey, I bet it’d be delicious cold with a some chopped tomatoes on top!

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      that’s a great idea!

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    Mary — May 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    That looks so wonderful. I know I’d love it. We are in the middle of a cold snap and soup, especially the lighter varieties, is a lovely way to beat back the chill. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Kristina @ spabettie — May 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    haa – still perfect timing around here, it’s COOOOLD and rainy. this looks delicious!

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    Allie — May 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I don’t blame you for wanting soup! If you crank up the air high enough you can make yourself believe it is chilly outside :) I love a great soup recipe and it is awesome that there are only a few ingredients!

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    Sarah R — May 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Potato leek is one of those soups that I’ve always wanted to try but never have. This looks delicious and super easy.

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — May 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I love leek and potato soup! Yours sounds wonderful! Plus, it has been very cold and rainy here in Northern California, so soup would actually be perfect!

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    Jen — May 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I’ve never had leeks before, until I read this post, I thought it was a fish!!!!

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      that’s too funny! :)

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    Erica — May 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    The soup looks so beautiful! Its hard to get nice pictures of soup too!! I am not sure whether or not I’ve had a leek. But I’d be all for them in this soup!!

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Erica! You should definitely try them.

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — June 1, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Welcome to the wonderful world of leeks! They are one of my favorites, too. Your soup looks fantastic.

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    Tina — June 1, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I am SUCH a soup girl! I love it even in the FL heat! :) This one looks YUMMY!

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    holly — June 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    leek and potato is one of my faves! and yes, even though its been raging hot in wisconsin, i too have been eating soup :)

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