It has been quite cold lately and that calls for good comfort food. I had frozen about as much as I could of the crazy sized leeks and we still have some in the garden! So I decided to come up with a leek and potato soup. A lot of recipes call for cream and I wanted something lighter as we had dodgeball that night and we didn’t want heavy stomachs. And I didn’t want to dirty a lot of dishes. 🙂
We like the dark green parts of the leek as it has a wonderful flavour and adds a bit of colour to the soup. I chopped up about 3 cups of leeks and 3 cups of potatoes. I always keep the skins of the potatoes on as most of the nutrition is right under the skin. Besides it looks nice. I also chopped about a cup of mushrooms.
In a large saucepan I heated up the olive oil and sauteed the leeks and mushrooms.
After a few minutes I put in the potatoes to saute.
It is important to keep stirring so it doesn’t catch on the bottom. Then I added about 4 cups of chicken stock and brought it up to a boil. I also added about 1/2 a cup of dry sherry to start with. I added a few more splashes to get the flavour right.
It needs to simmer on a “fast” simmer until the potatoes are cooked through. I usually wait to salt and pepper it until the end as simmering it really gets the flavours together then you know how much salt and pepper to put in.
This is a simple soup full of flavour. It takes about a 1/2 hour to make and is perfect for a cold day.
Such a good soup. It’s good pureed and served chilled, as well as rough like yours.
I never think to serve it chilled. I think when the weather warms again I’ll start exploring chilled soups.
Oh that looks very good. I just love soup, I can eat it anytime of year but, something about this chilly weather makes it all that much better! 🙂
And when you are running around with kids, it makes it easy!
This look wonderful! I will make it! Thanks for the post.
Yes this is quick and perfect for cold winter days. I gave a similar soup in my daughter thermos as school dinner today. It came back empty and made me fell sooo good! I love when my children like good food, it makes me very happy 🙂
That’s awesome. 🙂
There is something about soup that makes me feel that I am home, loved and safe!
My Grandma used to say “stick to your ribs food” 🙂
OMG, it’s raining in SoCal and this sounds delicious
Perfect then! 🙂
Warm and inviting!
I love a potato soup and this one with the leeks and mushrooms looks so ambrosial!
Thank you. 🙂
Thanks! definite proof that it doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. 🙂
I need to to thank you for this great read!
! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it. I’ve got you saved as a favorite to check out new things you post…
Thank you, I hope you enjoy!