Warm up with the perfect bowl of comfort food! Both Wales and Ireland claim this delicious soup as their national dish. The Scottish have their own version called “Tattie and Leek,” and the French are famous for their version, called vichyssoise, associated with Vichy, France, and the French Vichy regime. Whatever the origin, it’s delicious. Add some crusty bread and you’ve got a perfect meal!
Potato Leek Soup
3 large leeks, sliced into 1/4” medallions
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups water
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 lb. potatoes, peeled, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 dash marjoram
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Hot sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook leeks in butter with salt and pepper in a medium saucepan. Cover pan and cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Check often. Do not brown the leeks. Add water, broth, and potatoes. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Pour half of the soup mixture into a blender (carefully), puree and return to the pan. Add marjoram, parsley, and thyme. Add a few dashes of chili sauce, freshly ground pepper, and salt to taste. Serve hot.
Tip: When cooking leeks, only use the white parts. Take care not to overcook them. Overcooked leeks become slimy and unappetizing. Properly cooked leeks are tender, but still offer resistance when pierced.
Variation: To make vichyssoise, a French version of the soup served cold, whisk in 1/2 cup heavy cream when returning soup to the pan after blending. Omit the hot sauce and add a pinch of nutmeg. Cool completely, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill. Serve cold.