How to make a comforting leek and potato soup

Leek and potato soup is such a simple yet tasty and warming winter meal. There really is no going wrong with this dish, served with some golden toasted bread and even a few pieces of crispy bacon sprinkled on top, it's sure to become one of your soupy favourites.

How to make a comforting leek and potato soup

Ingredients

  • 4 large leeks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped small
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove of garlic thinly sliced (optional)
  • 50g butter
  • 850ml vegetable stock
  • 275 ml milk
  • salt and freshly milled red & black pepper


To serve:

  • 2 tablespoons cream or crème fraiche
  • some snipped fresh chives or chopped fresh parsley


Method

  1. Begin by trimming the leeks, discarding the tough outer layer.
  2. Now split them in half lengthways and slice them quite finely, then wash them thoroughly in two or three changes of water. Drain well. In a large, thick-based saucepan, gently melt the butter, then add the leeks, onions, garlic and potatoes, stirring them all round with a wooden spoon so they get a nice coating of butter. Season with salt and pepper, then cover and let the vegetables sweat over a very low heat for about 15 minutes.
  3. After that, add the stock and milk, bring to simmering point, cover and let the soup simmer very gently for a further 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft – if you have the heat too high the milk in it may cause it to boil over.
  4. Now you can put the whole lot into a blender or blend directly in the pan with a hand blender - be sure to leave it to cool a little first – and blend to a purée. If you have to blend the soup in batches, make sure you have a bowl to hand to put the first batch into. Now return the soup to the saucepan and reheat gently, tasting to check the seasoning. Add a swirl of cream or crème fraîche before serving and sprinkle with freshly snipped chives or parsley.


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