Things have been a little crazy lately. My family and I were staying with my parents for about two weeks while we were waiting to move into our new house, and during our stay I had a CSA pickup which included leeks. So….leek and potato soup, right? No brainer. Well, the only problem is that between painting the new house and taking care of three kids nobody was really in the mood to cook (or eat soup). We all just wanted take-out at the end of the day.
So, when we finally did move in I found that the leeks moved in with us. My mom had put together a bag of groceries from their house, things like milk, bread, and some fruit we bought for the kids, and……the leeks. I had a feeling our first meal in this house would have to be the soup. I ran out to the closest market and grabbed some potatoes and chicken broth in addition to a few other necessities.
I followed the recipe from the CSA’s website, and it was delicious. Easy to prepare and it didn’t even take too long to prep and cook. I served the soup with some apple smoked Gouda, crackers, and a bottle of wine given to us from the seller of this house. A nice way to enjoy our first meal in this new home.
3 tablespoons butter
3 large leeks (white and pale green parts only), halved lengthwise, thinly sliced (about 4 1/2 cups)
4 medium potatoes (about 18 ounces total), peeled, diced
4 1/2 cups (or more) chicken stock or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks; stir to coat with butter. Cover saucepan; cook until leeks are tender, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes. Cover and cook until potatoes begin to soften but do not brown, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Add 4 1/2 cups stock. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes. Puree soup in batches in processor until smooth. Return to saucepan. Thin with additional stock if soup is too thick. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Bring soup to simmer. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with chives and serve.