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l e e k y s o u p

February 5, 2010


A yummy simple recipe that requires only a few ingredients, and at little cost for the pocket and the clock, it’s a winter mid-week favourite. I love soup, comfort food at its simplest.




3 leeks

1 white onion

3 large baking potatoes

3 cloves garlic

30g butter

extra virgin olive oil

1.5 L hot vegetable stock

maldon sea salt

black pepper

single cream to serve


To P R E P A R E  the vegetables, trim and wash the leeks. Slice them up into 1cm rings. Don’t be exact! It’ll all be blended up eventually, so precision is not necessary here. Peel and dice the onion. Cube the potatoes into 2cm chunks. Don’t bother peeling the potatoes, the skin is good for you, and it’s an extra task you needn’t bother with! Again, precision is not key here. Chop the garlic. 

To make the S O U P, heat the butter in a large pot with a glug of olive oil. Once the butter is melted, add the onions and leek to the pot. Stir gently over a medium heat to coat the vegetables.  Throw in the garlic after a couple of minutes. Give it an occasional stir. After a couple more minutes, add the potatoes. Stir through and cook for a further few minutes. Pour in the stock and gently bring to the boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally, just long enough to cook the potatoes through. Remove from the heat and rest for a minute. 

Use a hand held blender to B L E N D the soup in the pot. Blend it til completely smooth or leave a few chunks in there for a more rustic finish. Return to the heat for a few more minutes, season with a bit of salt and pepper. Serve hot with a jug of single cream to pour over individual bowls, and make sure there’s plenty of crusty bread to dip! Serves 6-8.