Leek Soup

To me, Leek Soup is an enjoyable meal on cold nights. Served with some warmed bread there is nothing as nice.

Leek Soup with Cheesy Muffin

Portions: 4 to 6 Portions

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking: 35-45 minutes

Ingredients

Soup

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 8 medium leek, white section only, sliced
  • 50g celery, chopped
  • 300g potatoes, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 750ml vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful parsley
  • sprig rosemary

To Finish

  • 250ml double cream
  • Maldon salt and freshly ground pepper

Garnish

  • double cream or creme fraiche
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped

To Serve

  • Slices of buttered bread or baguette
  • or cheesy muffins (see recipe)

Method

  1. Soup: Place the butter in a saucepan over a moderate heat and add the onions. Saute for a 3-5 minutes until they are soft and without colour.
  2. Stir in the remaining vegetables and cook them for a couple of minutes. Add the stock, bay leaf, parsley and rosemary to the pan and increase the heat to high. Bring the stock to the boil, then reduce it to a slow simmer. and gradually stir it in to the saucepan with the vegetables. Leave to simmer for 45 minutes, skimming when necessary
  3. Remove the bay leaf, parsley and rosemary.
  4. Remove the soup from the heat and liquidise it in batches with the cream in a food processor or blender (be careful not to overfill it or it will spill out).
  5. Return the soup to a clean pan and reheat. Adjust the seasoning and consistency by adding a little stock and cream if necessary. You should have a smooth creamy consistency, that pourable and will coat the back of a spoon if not add more stock, water or cream.
  6. To Serve: Distribute the soup among soup bowls. Drizzle a little cream arond each serving or place a teaspoon of creme fraiche in the centre. Sprinkle the parsely over the top and accompany the soup with buttered bread, baguette or cheesey muffins (see recipe).