Potato month is winding down. Potato leek soup is one of my son's favorite soups. His first experience with this type of soup was in Disney World. We have be lucky enough to visit Disney World numerous times. During the last two trips we have dined at Be Our Guest, where potato leek soup is served.
I was surprised when he ordered the soup and had a feeling I was going to be eating it. TJ surprised us though and loved the soup. This version is similar to the Be Our Guest version. My first attempt though was a fail. I originally added some white wine, which I though a nice addition, but TJ refused.
Leeks are like giant scallions. Stores usually sell them as a bunch of three. I found the leeks for the recipe I photographed at a local market. These leeks were smaller, so came 6 to a bunch. Chopped up you end up with about 3 cups of leeks. You only use the white sections. I can not wait until warmer weather when I can put scraps in my composter. It was been too cold and snowy to go outside to toss the scraps.
You need to really let the leeks sweat to soften them up. The potatoes are added along with the broth to finish the cooking process. I always cut up the potatoes to speed things up.
Potato Leek Soup
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil divided
- ½ cup onion diced (I used vidallia)
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3 large leeks sliced (white section only)
- 3 Russet Potatoes washed, peeled, and sliced
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- In a stock pot heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat.
- Add garlic, cook 1 minute.
- Add in onion, cook 3-5 minutes or until translucent.
- Add in leeks, cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add in sliced potatoes.
- cover with vegetable broth.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low.
- Simmer for 30-45 minutes until potatoes are soft.
- Season with thyme and pepper.
- Using an immersion blender, blend soup until smooth.