The last few days have been wonderfully out of character for this strange state (OK). Rainy, cold, cozy – all of my favorite things and the PERFECT weather for good music and good food.
Heck, it’s always perfect weather for good food.
But SOUP! I haven’t been able to eat or make soup since early Spring, I just can’t do that kinda thing in a hot climate y’know. So when the temperature began to drop, I got super excited at the possibility of being able to combine my red potatoes and enormous leeks into something incredible. The outcome – this delicious, hearty, warming soup:
My favorite Potato and Leek Soup
8 red potatoes washed or peeled – cubed (skin on, if organic)
1 LARGE leek, washed and sliced
2 cloves of garlic
4-6 cups whole milk (preferably raw, can also be replaced with coconut milk or unsweetened, homemade almond milk. You could also substitute a homemade broth, it just wont be as creamy)
2-4 cups filtered water
Heat desired amount of butter (I used about 4 Tbsp) in a large pot. Once lightly bubbling, add leek and sauté until caramelized. Add cubed potatoes and finely chopped or minced garlic, sauté for approximately 10 minutes, then place lid on pot and sweat for another 10-15 minutes, stirring intermittently. Once potatoes are starting to soften, add enough milk to JUST cover the ingredients, then add enough filtered water to be about 2-4 inches above solid ingredients. Salt to taste and simmer until potatoes are very soft (about the texture that you would use for mashing).
Use stick blender or transfer soup into blender and blend until completely smooth. Salt to taste and serve immediately topped with natural yoghurt or even just your favorite fresh herbs. We had our soup with a big slice of Slow Cooker Bread. Curl up on the couch, slurp and watch Parks and Recreation while you watch the rain fall outside. PERFECT.
If you’re not yet back on the ‘Potatoes are actually really good for you’ bandwagon or have a starch sensitivity, you can feel free to substitute with sweet potato. That would be EQUALLY as delicious!