This is a new recipe for potato leek soup, based more or less on my recipe for corn chowder
or clam chowder
. I really like it.
Serves 2, multiply as necessary.
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped
2 leeks, white part, minced (1 to 3, depending on size)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 slice cooked bacon, chopped (optional)
2 tbsp. flour
12 oz. water
1 tbsp. More Than Gourmet roasted chicken stock concentrate
small potato, peeled and diced
4 oz. heavy cream
freshly ground white pepper
dash of Tabasco sauce (optional)
Here are the veggies prepped and ready to go.
Add the butter and oil to a soup pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes.
Add the celery, carrot, garlic and bacon and cook for a few more minutes.
Add the 2 tbsp. flour and cook for 5 minutes, stirring periodically. In the chowder recipes I use 1/8 cup of flour, but I wanted this soup to be a little thinner.
Add 12 oz. water and the 1 tbsp. More Than Gourmet roasted chicken stock concentrate to the pot. Or substitute vegetable broth or chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
Add the potatoes and leeks and bring back to a boil, then reduce the heat to a very slow boil. Cook for 15 minutes.
Add the 4 oz. of cream and cook for 3 minutes.
Season with salt and freshly ground white pepper. Add a few dashes of Tabasco sauce, if desired.
Some the recipes I looked at blend the soup at the end, either with an immersion blender, blender or food processor. I prefer this soup with the vegetables intact, however. And it was delicious!
There are several options:
Vegetarian: Omit the bacon and use vegetable broth.
Vegan: Omit the butter, bacon and use vegetable broth. Omit the cream, of course, but the soup will still be pretty good because of the roux.
Gluten-free: Substitute another thickener for the flour, or serve as a thinner soup.
Update January 26, 2015: Surprisingly, this soup is not bad frozen. I vacuum sealed and froze it, then later defrosted it in a bowl of cold water. I reheated it in a sauce pan on the stove. The potatoes were a little softer than when it was fresh, but still held together and it wasn't bad.