Hearty Potato Leek Soup
In the fall and winter I really love eating starchy vegetables and hearty soups. Potato leek soup is one of my favorites! Below was my first (and I think successful) attempt at creating it from scratch. I hope you enjoy it!
Approximately 1lb potatoes (I used small red potatoes)
1 large leek cleaned thoroughly (Leeks tend to be sandy, so I like to clean them before and after cutting.)
1 large yellow onion
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large carrot
1 celery stalk
1 & 1/2 cubes vegetable bouillon with salt (I used Rapunzel brand Vegan Vegetable Bouillon with Sea Salt)
1 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (Use 1/4 teaspoon if you like a little more zing!)
3 tablespoons vegan butter substitute (I used Earth Balance Natural Butter Spread)
6 cups water, plus extra for boiling potatoes
1 Fill a pot (2 quart size or larger) with about a quart to 1 & 1/2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil over high heat.
2 Clean potatoes. Cut into large chunks & add to the boiling water with 1 teaspoon salt.
3 Boil potatoes about 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain & set aside.
4 Dice the onion.
5 Clean the leek thoroughly. Discard the dark green part, as it tends to be too tough. Slice the white / light green part lengthwise & then chop thinly. Rinse one more time in a strainer to make sure all sand and dirt have been washed away.
6 Place olive oil, onion & leek in a large frying pan over medium heat. Sauté until onion starts to become translucent. Set aside.
7 In a large pot over high heat place 6 cups water, vegetable bouillon, turmeric, cayenne pepper and dill. Bring to a boil. If you happen to have unsalted bouillon, you’ll want to add salt here, too.
8 While water is boiling, clean and finely chop the carrot and celery. Add to the water and boil for 5 minutes.
9 Add in onion & leek mixture, the already boiled potatoes and vegan butter substitute. Stir all ingredients. Reduce flame and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
10 Very carefully secure the pot using a pot holder with one hand and mash all ingredients using a potato masher with the other hand. Be very cautious not to burn yourself with the steam! Allow to simmer uncovered for another 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
Serve while hot.
What are your favorite cold weather foods? Post in the comments below.