Leek, Pea and Potato Soup

23.2.13


Eating this soup is like being on the receiving end of a lovely big foodie hug - nourishing with a wonderful comforting flavour. With soft leeks and and onions, a whisper of garlic and mint and lots of lovely peas, its a satisfying meal with a wee bit of bread and butter on the side.


2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp each sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stick celery, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 medium leeks, cleaned, outer leaves removed & finely sliced
1 agria (or similar) potato, diced
1/4 cup fresh mint
5 cups good quality chicken stock
2 cups frozen peas
1/2 cup cream 
Fresh white rolls to serve


Heat olive oil in a large pot over a medium/gentle heat and add onion, celery, salt and pepper. Cook about 8 mins or until softened, but not coloured. Add garlic, leeks and potato and cook over gentle heat, covered for 15 minutes. Add chicken stock and simmer 40 minutes uncovered, then bring back to a gentle boil and add peas and a few sprigs of mint and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off heat, add 1/4 cup cream and let sit for a few minutes. Take half of the soup out and whizz it in the blender until smooth - return to the pot with the remainder. The mixture of smooth creamy soup with the texture from the un-blended vegetables is just perfect. Season to taste with a little more sea salt and pepper and serve with a swirl of cream, a good grinding of black pepper, a few mint leaves and a fresh white roll. This is the  most comforting, nourishing, feel-good soup, which can be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable stock for the chicken stock or if you prefer a little extra, add 300g shredded cooked chicken when you add the peas. Serves 4-6



2 comments :

  1. Hi sarah! I made this last night and my flat thought it was deeeelish! good hearty winter fare for chilly dunedin, will defs be making it again, thanks! have just stumbled on your blog and love that you're a kiwi- all the other blogs I read are american :) keep up the good work!

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    1. Hi Anna, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment, and I'm so glad you and your flatmates enjoyed the soup. With autumn kicking in you might want to give some of the other soups on the bog a whirl to warm up the Dunedin evenings! :)

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