Creamy Leek Soup

Creamy Leek Soup
  1. 1 lb bacon
  2. 8 medium leeks (3 pound), trimmed, leaving white and pale green parts only, and chopped
  3. 2 medium onions, chopped
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  6. 1/2 tsp white pepper
  7. 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  8. 2 medium boiling potatoes (6 ounces)
  9. 4 cups chicken broth (24 fluid ounces)
  10. 2 cups water
  11. 1 Turkish bay leaf or 1/2 California
  12. 1 1/2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped finely
  13. 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  14. 1/2 cup chilled heavy cream
  1. Cut raw bacon into bits
  2. In large pot, cook bacon until very brown, remove & pat dry
  3. Wash sliced leeks in a large bowl of cold water, agitating them, then lift out and drain well in a colander.
  4. Discard all but 1 Tbs grease from pan
  5. Add butter
  6. Cook leeks, onion, salt, and pepper over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes.
  7. Peel potato and cut into 1/2-inch cubes, then add to onion mixture along with stock, water, and bay leaf.
  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
  9. Stir in parsley (saving some for garnish) and simmer soup, uncovered, 5 minutes.
  10. Discard bay leaf.
  11. Blend 1/2 soup in blender or food processor, return to pot.
  12. Reheat and add cream and bacon (saving some for garnish)
  13. Server garnished with crumpled bacon and parsley.
  1. Best results if you let the soup cool completely, preferably overnight. Reheat in microwave.

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