Potato Leek Soup

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One of my go-to soups for the winter time is potato leek soup.  It takes very little time to prepare and it’s delicious!  You’ll see a lot of recipes that make this soup with heavy cream or milk to thicken the mixture.  Since I’m lactose intolerant, I add more potatoes to thicken the soup as well as butter.  Although butter is a dairy product, you’d be surprised to find that it has very little lactose in it.  This soup is great as a starter or as a side with pork, chicken, or white fish.

For the Potato Leek Soup, you will need:
– 3 large leeks, sliced
– 4-5 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
– 1 quart (4 cups) of chicken broth
– 2 cups of water
– 5 tablespoons of unsalted grassfed butter
– sea salt and pepper to taste

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To make the Potato Leek Soup:

  1. Rinse the leeks well and chop off the bottom and the majority of the top; you mostly just want the bottom white part of the leek.  Chop the leeks into rounds.Image
  2. Peel the potatoes, rinse them, and cut into large chunks.
  3. Get a medium to large pot and place over the stove over medium-high heat.
  4. Place 2 tablespoons of butter (keep the remaining 3 tablespoons for later) into the pot and melt.Image
  5. Once the butter is melted, add the chopped leaks and potatoes.  Let cook for 8-10 minutes, until the contents are slightly browned.  Image
  6. Add the quart of chicken broth and 2 cups of water over the potatoes and leeks.  Let cook for about 30-40 minutes, until the potatoes are soft.
  7. Once everything is cooked through you want to blend the ingredients either with a handheld emulsifier or with a blender.  Note: If you are using a blender, only put in about a cup at a time while blending.  The ingredients will be really hot and you don’t want everything to explode…trust me, this has happened to me more than once. 
  8. When the ingredients are blended, place the pot over low heat and add sea salt and pepper to taste.  Also add the last 3 tablespoons of butter to ensure the soup is nice and creamy.Image