Leek and potato soup

Meet the cast

Meet the cast

On Monday I was very efficient making a batch of leek and potato soup before it was time to start work. I devoured one bowl full for lunch and froze the rest. Now I cannot cook very well for a week or two I will be glad of the frozen goodies.

The soup is a staple food in this house as it’s so easy to prepare as well as being good for you. I also made a chickpea and choritzo stew which I heated up for my lunch today, the rest is now deposited in the freezer as well. I have discovered eating all food with a cast on your wrist is fraught with danger for the carpet.

Leek and potato soup for about 4 people as a starter or 2 as a meal

a large onion, peeled and sliced

about an ounce of butter

5 leeks trimmed of the outer leaves, topped and sliced

4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced

4 teaspoons of veg stock powder  – like Swiss bouillon

750ml water

a good pinch pepper

Heat the butter in a big saucepan until melted and add the slicedonion. Cook them gently for about 10 minutes and add the leeks. Give it all a good stir, cook gently for another 10 minutes. Add in the potatoes, cook for a couple of minutes then pour in the water. Add the stock powder and pepper then stir it all again.

Turn up the heat and bring to the boil, put the lid on the pan and turn down the heat, cook gently for about 25 minutes. The potatoes should be cooked through. Taste and if it doesn’t have enough flavour stir in a spoon more of the stock powder and a bit more pepper.

You now need to whizz this in  batches, using the food processor or blender, until smooth. Reheat it when you want to eat it. If it’s a bit thick you can add a bit of milk, water or cream – depending on how healthy you feel.

It will keep in the fridge for a few days or you can freeze it.  I do half and half so we don’t have to eat the same thing for 2 days in a row.

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8 thoughts on “Leek and potato soup

  1. Your soup sounds lovely but I must comment on the cast – so snazzy! Your eldest grandaughter will be jealous of the colour! Will try the soup at the weekend.
    Lisa x

  2. LOL whe I broke my scafoid, (many moons ago) whilst in Ireland, the put an awful cast on it. 2 day later back in England there was no need to cut it off, it slid of nearly. the man who was going to plaster me up again in A&E, was laughing his head off.

    No snazzy plaster for me, I coloured mine in! because it was the old stuff that chipped off and left dust everywhere. I did manage to get a fork stuck in it as well. The POT as we called them in our house was changed a few times, but I was in plaster for 4 months. NICE, NOT!

    Good luck, hope it heals really quickly for you!

    P.s. your fingers dont look swollen so that is a great sign!

  3. Hi Lime and lemon
    Let me know if you make the soup
    Sam

    Hi Lisa
    Not sure why I haven’t cooked it when you and Iain are here. Hope you enjoy.
    Yes I think she may be, but as she gets in such a tiz when she cuts anything I don’t think she’ll be trying for her own version.
    Lol
    Sxxx

    Hi SoL
    Sounds like a fun holiday in Ireland. The snazzy cast I would think is much lighter than the old ones and I was wondering how you spell Scafoid. I’d never heard of it before Tuesday. Fingers are a bit swollen if I compare pinkies to pinkies but not too bad at all.
    Take care
    Sam

  4. I made potato leek soup when my picky-eater grandson was visiting and he ate every drop of it. Such good stuff and so simple to make!

    I am so sorry about your hand. What an aggravation that must be. I hope it heals quickly and well.

  5. I made this soup yesterday but I didn’t tell my children what was in it as I have some who hate potatoes and others who will not touch an onion. When they asked what was for dinner I said “soup” and left it at that. I used chicken stock instead of vegetable but it was so good. Family of 8 and not a drop of “soup” left. I’m going to have to be more covert more often!

  6. Hi Cathy
    I think smooth soups help with children & their veggies – a family of 8 must be hard work!
    Glad you enjoyed the soup.
    Rgds
    Sam

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