Written by WindyCityKnits, Recommended by Shadow Jewels
Hi, Rhonda here from ShadowJewels, with a wonderfully delicious cold weather recipe to warm you up! My husband has requested that I make a pot of his favorite soup, potato leek (and how can I say no to someone so cute?). This is another one that I don't use a recipe for, so I'll write it down for you all as I go along.
|Potato leek soup|
• 1/2 stick butter
• 2 leeks
• 3 medium carrots
• 2 stalks celery
• 12 cups water
• "Better than Bouillon" vegetable base
• herbs de provence
• 12 cups diced potatoes
• First prepare the leeks. Cut off the very bottom, and a couple of inches from the tops.
• Now remove the white part in one chunk, rinsing well, and dice into small cubes. Start to peel the leek apart one layer at a time, discard the tough outer layer of greens. Rinse thoroughly as you work, saving all of the lighter green parts. Dice into small pieces.
• Rinse and chop the carrots and celery.
• Melt the butter in a large soup pot and add the chopped vegetables.
• Cook over medium heat until the vegetables start to turn translucent and the flavors are well blended, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
• Add the water, salt and pepper to taste, 2 spoons of the better than bouillon, 1 tsp dried sage leaves, 1 tsp herbs de provence, and 1 tsp dried rosemary (or a few sprigs of fresh rosemary if you have it).
• Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
• Add the potatoes, bring back to a boil, then simmer 30 minutes more, or until potatoes are tender.
• At this point, you can leave the soup as is and serve chunky style; or you can make a cream soup by blending it with a hand held mixer, or in your blender.
• Then stir in a small carton of cream or half and half. Reheat if necessary, but do not boil once the cream is added.
• Serve with grated cheese.
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