Thursday, May 6, 2010

Potato Leek Soup

Simple, easy and comforting.
  I am having a spot removed from the top of my right hand.  So I will  be out of commission for a short time.  This was my pre-surgery cooking for myself.  I thought I should have something waiting for me at home and not to have to wait for hubby to concoct my lunch that day.  I always have a plan A and B.  This was plan A.  Plan B was take-out and I really do not like take-out.  As you will see at the end, I do not have a photo of the final product in a bowl.  I just ran out of time and then I ate all of it and did not take any photos.  Sorry I was hungry and in need of painkillers (take only with food!).  

So here it is and is really is a pre-anything food.

The Players!

After thoroughly rinsing the leeks, add 3 tablespoons butter to a large saucepan, melt and then add in the leeks.  Saute for 10 minutes or until leeks are tender.

 Peel potatoes, chop and add to the leeks.  
Pour in the 4 cups chicken broth over the potatoes and leeks. 
Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes or until it is fork tender.

This is the final product in the pan.  Sorry I put it in the fridge for Monday.  It hit the spot after my surgery.  Hope you can try it some time.  Garnish with crispy bacon and cheddar cheese.

The Recipe:

Potato Leek Soup

1 lb russet potatoes (baking potatoes)
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups leeks,  ¼” slices (2 large leeks)
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup half-n-half

Clean leeks thoroughly (they grow in sand). I cut them lengthwise first and rinse, then I chop in 1/4 “ slices and rinse two more times.   I use the white and tender green parts.

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a deep saucepan.  Add leeks and sauté for 10 minutes until tender. 

Peel and dice potatoes and add into the leeks.  Add 4 cups chicken broth to the pan and cook until potatoes are fork tender (20 minutes).    Add 1 cup of the half-n-half and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 

I pureed ½ of my soup with a stick blender and left the rest chunky.  If you like yours smooth puree the whole thing.

Happy Eating!

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