Saturday, April 3, 2010
Rainy Day Potato Leek Soup
I love soup and could have it every day...even in the summer. This potato leek soup is my own version and is so simple to make. The name is somewhat deceiving, though, because I actually use three types of onions; leeks, yellow-skin, and scallions. Also, this recipe is vegetarian, but you could easily add smoked salmon or crab as a garnish or chicken cut into chunks if you wanted a heartier soup for the meat-lovers in your life. As my mother would say, "try it...you'll like it."
Potato Leek Soup
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 leeks, white part sliced, and cleaned well
1 bunch scallions, sliced thin (include some of the green)
4 medium potatoes (I used Yukon Gold), cut into cubes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T unsalted butter
3 T olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
1 T dried dill
3 cups vegetable broth (or you can use chicken stock)
2 cups half & half
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter and add olive oil. Add the yellow onion and saute a few minutes to soften. Add the leeks and scallions and continue to stir until the onions become translucent. Add the potatoes and saute a few minutes. Add the vegetable broth and stir. Reduce heat to low and cover pot. Cook about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. (I stick the point of a knife into them to check). Remove cover. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then, add the dill. Add the half & half and stir well. Heat another ten minutes being careful not to boil; you don't want to curdle the cream...just heat through. Serve with a crusty bread and add a salad for a complete meal. Enjoy!