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Luscious Leek Potato Soup
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Luscious Leek Potato Soup

This soup has a silky, warm, comforting texture and can be made in under an hour.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword leeks, potatoes, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author JoAnn

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons 3/4 stick unsalted butter
  • 4-5 Pounds leeks white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise to 1" thick (11 cups)
  • After leeks are cut; place in a colander and rinse thoroughly; allow to dry slightly
  • I used 2 large leeks.
  • 1 Tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour - I added 2 Tablespoons
  • 5-1/2 Cups low-sodium chicken broth - I added only 5 cups
  • 1- ¾ Pounds red potatoes about 5 medium, peeled and cut into 3/4" chunks.
  • 1 Bay leaf - I used 2 large leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat.
  • Add the leeks, increase the heat to medium, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are tender but not mushy, 15-20 minutes.
  • Do NOT brown them.
  • Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until thoroughly combined, about 2 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to high; whisking constantly, gradually add the broth.
  • Add the potatoes and bay leaf, cover.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • When soup reaches a boil; reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, COVERED, until the potatoes are ALMOST tender, 5-7 minutes.
  • You can try to push a fork into the potatoes to test their doneness.
  • You should feel some resistance, but the fork should slide in easily.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let stand, COVERED until the potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • Discard the bay leaf, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve.
  • I cut fresh chives from the garden and shredded 2 Tablespoons of sharp cheddar cheese to garnish.