Potato Leek Soup (happiness!)
I’m doing a happy dance while writing this…and licking the last taste of soup off my lips. Oh this was so good and such a BIG hit with the picky one. While slurping down her second helping, she asked if I could bring this to school tomorrow for her snack when I pick her up.
Instead of peanut butter. Wow. Miracle.
I found this recipe on SkinnyTaste.com – a great site for low fat meals. I made very few modifications to this recipe, but I’ll post my version just in case you’re like me and not big into measuring stuff. ;)
1 shallot (or small white onion)
1 tetra pack chicken broth (I buy a case of these at Costco)
2 russet potatoes
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
S&P for flavour as you desire (I like LOTS of pepper with this soup)
Prepare potatoes by peeling and cubing them. I did this the night before and put the cut cubes in a bowl of water in the fridge so they were ready for cooking the next day. Prepare the leeks (also done the night before) by cutting off the dark green stems and thoroughly washing and coarsely chopping the white parts. If you haven’t worked with leeks before, watch this short video by Gourmet Magazine’s Test Kitchen on how to prepare them for cooking. Finely chop scallop (or onion) and set aside with other vegetables.
Melt butter in pot and add flour. Stir together over medium heat for a minute or two. Add chicken broth (entire tetra pack), potatoes, leeks, and shallot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20-25 minutes. I left it longer because I’m in the midst of sleep training my 3.5 month old so I was stuck in her room for what felt like an eternity. I HATE sleep training, for the record.
So after the soup is cooked, I used my braun hand mixer to puree it thoroughly. Then, I transferred to a crock pot on the “keep warm” setting which is when I added the 1/2 cup of 2% milk. It stayed there for the afternoon before serving up at dinner time.
I served the soup with a baguette and watched Simone dip about 4 pieces of bread into the soup; and like I said, she devoured two bowls of it. I drank mine out of the bowl because the babe was in the ergo and every time I tried to take a spoonful, I nearly poured it on her head.
All class I tell you. All class.
I hope you enjoy this and it becomes a winter favourite in your home!