soup: Potato Leek Soup

potato leak soup

I love me some leeks, and I love cooking with them…yummy yum yum yum!  They are related to onions & offer a more milder, sweet flavor than an onion.  They are also a low-calorie, fat-free food with many nutrients, including folate, iron, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

The key part to cooking with leeks is the washing process, which is very relaxing (but maybe that’s just me – ha!).  (side note:  it just occurred to me that I find the cleaning process of leeks RELAXING…not a bubble bath…not a foot massage…WASHING LEEKS!!!)

Because the leeks are at ground level they tend to be filled with dirt & grime between leaves; therefore, it is imperative to clean thoroughly between the leaves…and here’s the trick to that:

  • cut off the root.
  • cut off the dark green stems down to the light green part.
  • cut each leek lengthwise.
  • slice each half in ¼ inch slices horizontally.
  • fill a bowl with very cold water & dump the sliced leeks in the water.
  • swish around the sliced leeks thoroughly to remove excess dirt.
  • take the leeks out in handfuls to a colander (DO NOT DUMP BOWL INTO COLANDER, the dirt will sink to the bottom of the bowl & you will be dumping the dirt too).
  • rinse again in the colander thoroughly until all dirt is removed.

see, so pretty…

And here’s the recipe :)

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potato leak soup recipe

and here’s a shopping list for you too :)

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potato leak soup shopping list

Adapted from Skinny Taste.

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