Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Creamy Garlicky Leek Soup

When I saw the two leeks in my CSA delivery, I knew I was going to make leek soup. I actually had a recipe in mind, but I couldn’t find it, so I just made it up as I cooked.

I started by sautéing an onion and six cloves of garlic (also from the CSA delivery) in a bit of oil. Then I added the well cleaned, chopped leeks. (Hint: Leeks collect a lot of dirt in between their leaves. Make sure you take them apart and wash them very well.) I sautéed everything for a few minutes and seasoned it with some salt and pepper.



I then added four cups of water. I was out of vegetable stock and would have used that if I had it available.



I let the water and the vegetables cook for about 10 – 15 minutes, and then pureed the soup with my immersion blender. That's what made the soup creamy; there was no cream added!



I loved the bright green color of the soup. The pictures don’t do the soup justice…





I added some leftover quinoa to the soup to make a bit more substantial. Both hubby and I enjoyed the soup very much for lunch while the toddler was napping and the teenager was off doing his own thing…

Questions: Do you like leeks? What’s your favorite way to eat/prepare them?
 
Be well,
Andrea

39 comments:

  1. such a nice simple recipe! I love leeks and creamy soups and it's a perfect combination.

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  2. The only way i usually have leeks is in soup. Wouldn't have it any other way. But I could give it a try.

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  3. I love soup. This is very healty recipe.

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  4. I've never has leek soup before. Your recipe sounds great!

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  5. I do like leeks but have just used them for the first time this year- we put them in a soup and it was delicious!

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  6. I've never used leeks this way. I've only used them as a garnish. It looks delicious. And I love the color.

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  7. I have to say, I am still shocked you have a teenager! You barely look 30, and I'm not just saying that. Maybe it's also how you act, so active and energetic. And, I'm now following you on Facebook :) Thanks for "friending" me!

    The soup looks and sounds very good. I know what you mean about camera's/pictures not doing food justice. I hate that sometimes.

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  8. i've NEVER had leeks! I should try this - it looks delicious

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  9. I'm used to seeing leek soup made with milk and/or cream, so I never realised how bright green the soup would be if you use just leeks and broth. Looks fantastic. :)

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  11. Yum! I am a huge garlic and leek fan, so that combo can't go wrong. I love how simple this is too!

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  12. I love leeks, but I haven't had them too many ways, only as a potato leek soup and once I cut them up and added them to another dish( can't remember what it was at the moment). This sounds like another excellent way to have them, Yum!

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  13. Great colour.

    I like to roast chopped leaks with a little oil/butter in the oven towards the end of roasting a chicken, and serve it with the rest of the vegies :)

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  14. What a delicious way to keep the vampires away!

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  15. I just bought some leeks at the store and was thinking about making a mushroom leek soup! Yours looks great!

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  16. Your soup kept such a vibrant green color, it just looks like it's loaded with flavor. Perfect for these chilly nights.

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  17. I do like leeks but don't buy them often enough. I use them like onions. I think I will buy one next week. THANKS and your soup looks and sounds soothing.

    I gave JJ another clementine to peel last night. What a great past time that was. It took him a while. He kept smooshing the orange though and saying "wet" it was cute.

    so fun, and JJ slept great last night! yay...no 5 am tears!

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  18. Beautiful color! I'm always keeping an eye out for when leeks are on sale. They make for such great flavor in so many things -- especially soups -- and I even freeze the green tops and ends for stock-making. I love 'em so much, I hate to let anything go to waste!

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  19. I love leeks - their flavor is so much more tender and sweet. I use them in place of onion in soups - I just recently used some in a ham and red bean soup - delicious!

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  20. I love soups that have leek in them. Yours looks great, very bright and healthy!

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  21. Since leeks are in the onion family, no thank you - although I do love the green color - so springy!!

    Glad you enjoyed it though!

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  22. I love leek and potato soup. So easy so much flavor.

    Your soup is a beautiful color.

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  23. I am impressed you can make it up as you go along. I see how useful the hand stick mixer thingy is. I can't wait to use mine.

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  24. the immersion blender is the BEST thing everrrr!

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  25. I love leeks. I think my favourite way to eat them is in leek and potato soup.

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  26. I adore leeks and love that it has no cream - how scrumptiously green it is! Grand recipe - beautiful photos.

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  27. I've never had leeks but i'm LOVING the color of that soup - it looks awesome!!

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  28. MMMM that looks super good and i love the color! i am jealous of your immersion blender!

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  29. I do like leeks and leek soup but never though of blending it like that.. that is a great idea.

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  30. I do enjoy leeks, as well. I really love leeks in soups, it's such a flavorful vegetable. The soup looks wonderful, Andrea!

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  31. Simply, healthy and delicious! Can't beat that!

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  32. Such a lovely soup, I like the garlicky flavor and the addition of quinoa!

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  33. i LOVE leeks and i LOVE garlic, so this soup is a TOTAL winner in my book :) how much are immersion blenders? i think that would be a smart investment for me as long as they don't cost too much!

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  34. gorgeous soup - i do love leeks but i haven't used them in a recipe in forever.

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  35. Would you believe the first time I had leeks was at Chez Panisse when I was still in high school? My foodie friends and I saved up our money to take each other to dinner there. The first course was a huge platter of grilled leeks. We thought they were nuclear-grown green onions! We'd never seen anything like 'em. At that age, I didn't appreciate them. Good thing I'm older now and can understand just how wonderful they are in so many dishes.

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  36. Mmmmm....looks simple, delicious and healthy.

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  37. delicious. i make the same kind of leek soup (ie garlic, onions, leeks, broth) but i never thought to puree it!

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