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Leek & Potato soup with spinach

A rainy Sunday called for a warming soup. We have beautiful young leeks and we harvested potatoes this weekend so I thought it was fitting. For a little extra greens I added spinach to the bowls and poured the hot soup over which nicely softened the spinach. You could add it to the pot once you blend and mix it through.


 

Makes 8 cups

Serves 2 as a main 4 as a side

Prep :10 minutes

Cook: 20-30 minutes

 

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 leeks, thinly sliced

2 medium carrots, diced

2 stalks celery, diced ( I didn't have celery but I had homemade celery salt)

3 cloves garlic minced

2 -3 potatoes, chopped in cubes

5 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 tablespoon parsley

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 tsp EACH dried thyme, dried oregano, rosemary (or any herbs you like)

1/4 teaspoon pepper


2 handfuls of spinach for serving

a splash of cream if you want it extra creamy

Goran topped his with spring onions and chilli flakes

Toasted sourdough or bread for dipping


 

Melt the butter and the olive oil over medium-low heat in a Dutch oven or large soup pot. Add the leeks, carrots and celery and cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds.

Add the potatoes, broth, and herbs. Cover pot, leaving just a crack open, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer an additional 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are soft.


Working in batches, remove desired amount of soup to a high-powered blender, don’t fill blender more than 1/3 way full or it can overflow and explode. For a smooth soup, puree all of the soup; for a chunkier soup, puree half of the soup. Blend until very smooth, being careful to let smoke escape the blender or it will explode. You can do this by leaving the blender cap open and covering with a paper towel or loose dishtowel. I used a stick blender which worked well too.

Pour pureed soup back into pot. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

You could always add a splash of cream if you want to increase the creamy texture.







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