I decided to try out leek this year, for the first time. I found a cream of leek soup recipe, and gave it a go! It was quite different than I expected, mostly the the chunky texture. It was good, though! Josiah thought it tasted quite rich in flavour, and I thought it was a great recipe to fight off our colds, since I put extra onion and garlic in it. ;-)

Leek is in the onion family, and are rich in vitamin C, iron, and vitamin B6 (among other benefits).

 

Cream of Leek Soup

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons diced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups thinly sliced leeks, white part only
2 tablespoons flour
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon freshly minced parsley, separated
salt and freshly ground pepper
(optional) 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Melt butter over low heat. Add onions and garlic and cover with a lid to sweat. Toss occasionally. Cook for 5 minutes, or until onions begin to soften and then add leeks and a big pinch of salt. Continue to sweat with the leeks under a lid and tossing occasionally. Cook until leek softens, about 10 minutes.

Sprinkle the flour on top of the leeks and stir in to combine. Cook, stirring continuously for a few minutes, or until you can no longer spot the flour.

Add chicken stock until the leeks are covered, reserving any extra. If you need more liquid add water in place. Bring mixture to a simmer, uncovered and cook for 15 minutes. Add half or the parsley and let sit for 1 minute. The parsley will encourage a green colour in the soup.

Transfer to a blender. Make sure the top of the blender is vented, and turn the blender on low. Slowly increase the speed to high and blend until very well mixed, about 1 minute. If you want a very consistent and smooth soup, strain back into the pot, otherwise just transfer back to the pot and bring back to a light simmer.

Test the soup for consistency, you want it to be the consistency of heavy cream, if it is too thin add a bit of water or extra stock. If you want to use cream, this is when to do it. Put two tablespoons of heavy cream in the microwave until hot but not boiling and gently stir in. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve hot, sprinkled with remaining parsley.

Recipe is from Daily Unadventures in Cooking.

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