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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Make Your Own: Potato Leek Soup

Mmmmm. We are elbows-deep in soup these days, thanks to our amazing CSA.  Sadly, our share ended for the season yesterday, but we will be able to enjoy everything for weeks, thanks to all the yummy soups we have made and frozen.  I have been on a huge Potato Leek Soup kick, but the other day, the hubs told me, "Babe, I don't think I really like that Potato Leek Soup, it has no flavor." 


I love it but I took his comment to heart, determined to get him to love the soup as much as I do. I thought, why not add cheese? Cheese makes everything delish.  So I put the fate of the soup in my husband's hands and had him google a nice recipe that includes cheese. He came up with this one and we all agreed, it's awesome.

Yield: Makes 8 first-course or 4 main-course servings
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 large leek (white and pale green parts only), thinly sliced
1 large garlic clove, minced
4 large potatoes (about 2 1/4 pounds), peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 large carrots, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 cups low-salt chicken broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 1 tablespoon dried

3/4 cup milk
4 ounces cream cheese
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 3 ounces)
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Additional grated sharp cheddar cheese (optional)
Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add leek and garlic; sauté until tender but not brown, about 4 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots; sauté 5 minutes longer. Add chicken broth and dill; simmer uncovered until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add milk to soup. Transfer half of soup to blender. Add cream cheese and blend until smooth. Return soup to pot. Add 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese and stir over low heat until melted. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to simmer before serving.) Transfer to large serving bowl. Garnish soup with chopped fresh parsley and additional grated sharp cheddar cheese, if desired.

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Bon Appétit | November 2002
Julia Shure, Albany, CA
Julia Shure of Albany, California, writes: "This comforting soup has both cream cheese and cheddar, which give it a rich, smooth texture. While it makes an elegant first course, the soup can also be a satisfying meal partnered with a simple salad and some crusty bread."

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