Monday, 27 August 2012

Potato and Leek Soup

I have pretty much recovered from the Swine Flu and the strep throat my body decided would be a funny addition to the summer of hell.  I am still a little tired and taking a few of the supplements to fight the good hasn't helped that it was my birthday and our college reunion this past weekend....stealing the extra sleep I probably still need....the kids haven't been 100% either and with the stress and viral level of this summer I am not surprised.

I haven't felt like cooking.  I haven't been inspired.  I have been counting down the days until the kids are back to school and I can actually have two minutes of my own thoughts, uninterrupted.

I have resorted to comfort foods.  Not necessarily wintery heaviness but the easy meals that you know will be eaten, don't challenge my brain and don't make a huge mess of the kitchen.

Last night was another solo parenting night and both kids had been running on and off again fevers.  I just couldn't imagine anything fancy, rich or particularly heavy.  I also knew that an early bedtime was needed.  The decision was easy when I found leeks on sale at the market.


  • 3 large leeks, cut lengthwise, separate, clean. Use only the white and pale green parts, chop.
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)*
  • 2 lbs potatoes, diced into 1/2 inch pieces (I don't peel my potatoes)
  • Marjoram - dash
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 4-6 slices of bacon, crispy and chopped

  1. Cook leeks in butter with salt and pepper in a medium sized sauce pan. Cover pan, cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Check often. Do not burn
  2. Add water, broth, and potatoes. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Using a hand blender, puree to your preferred texture. Add marjoram, parsley, and thyme. Add some freshly ground pepper, 1-2 teaspoons salt or more to taste.
  3. Serve with crumbled bacon on top 


Amy Watson said...

I am printing this one....YUM!

Ashleigh said...

Made this tonight! It was delicious!