Creamy Leek and Potato Soup

IMG_7360Organic vegetable boxes are lovely and the veg taste as flavoursome as they look.

At this time of year there’s usually a leek or two in our weekly box – untrimmed and dirty with earth sticking to them, they look as if they have just been pulled from the ground, which they have.

This recipe is based on the traditional leek and potato soup but I’ve blended it at the end till it’s smooth and creamy.  And, I’ve added fresh herbs for extra flavour – also organic, from Stockbridge Farmers Market in Edinburgh – and a dash of creme fraiche to contrast with the creaminess.

Enjoy!

 

Ingredients 0.00 (4 Servings)

  • leeks 350 gs
  • butter 20 gs
  • small onion, finely chopped 1 ....
  • clove of garlic, peeled and crushed 1 ....
  • potatoes,peeled and cubed 200 gs
  • vegetable stock 500 mls
  • milk 100 mls
  • sprig of fresh rosemary ....
  • sprig of fresh thye plus a few leaves for garnish ....
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper ....
  • creme fraiche ....

 

Directions:

  1. First, prepare the leeks – remove the tough outer layer, slice the leeks lengthways and clean under running water to get rid of all the dirt lurking between the layers
  2. Slice the leeks finely and then drain
  3. Melt the butter in a pan and add the oil to stop the butter burning
  4. Sauté the onion and the leeks till soft
  5. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute
  6. Add the potatoes and stir everything until coated in the butter and oil
  7. Pour in the vegetable stock and the milk, and give everything a good stir
  8. Add the herbs
  9. Now put a lid on the pan, bring the soup to the boil, lower the heat and simmer gently for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked
  10. Let the soup cool for a few minutes and remove the herbs. Check for seasoning
  11. Using either a jug blender or a stick blender, puree the soup until creamy
  12. Serve with a swirl of crème fraiche (or a spoonful if it’s very thick) on top and a few thyme leaves for added colour
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