meatless meal: potato and leek soup

hello world,

yesterday, the weather was gray and rainy- not cold, but brisk and generally miserable. we all slept until 7:30am (a sleeping in miracle) and after breakfast, V and i went to do our weekly shopping. at the supermarket, i noticed that leeks were on sale and grown in the united states. i bought 2 bunches and during V’s nap cooked up some soup.

i modified the recipe from the joy of cooking to suit our family. here’s my version:

potato and leek soup

ingredients: 6-8 large leeks, 2 large or 3 medium baking potatoes, 3 tbsp olive oil, 5 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock or some combination of stock and water), salt and pepper to taste

  1. thoroughly wash leeks and chop, using only the white parts (i usually go right up until the green part splits)
  2. on low, heat oil in a dutch oven. add leeks, stirring often until soft, but not brown (about 20 minutes)
  3. peel and thinly slice potatoes
  4. add potatoes, stir through then add stock and bring to a boil. reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft (about 30 minutes)
  5. turn off heat and puree until smooth. (here, i used an immersion blender which i killed. the recommended way is to use a standing blender, making certain to leave an opening for steam to escape.
  6. season- 1/4 tsp of either white or black pepper and salt to taste
  7. gently reheat and serve.

we didn’t plan this into our menu for any particular meal, but it has made an excellent supplement to my usual sandwich for lunch. this soup isn’t super smooth (see dead blender), but it tastes good anyway. some folks add cream, but this is a non-dairy version.

happily warm with winter soup,


ps- i should note that i super multi-tasked while making this soup. not only is it painfully simple, it also required minimal attention. i had neko case on the ipod, laundry in the washer and the dryer and finally sorted through the holiday photos to put into an album. MHM watched a movie i didn’t want to see and V slept right until i poured the soup into its storage container. i had a very pleasant sunday afternoon.


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