Sunday, February 10, 2008

Potato and Leek Soup


Leeks: Up Close and Personal
There’s nothing like a bowl of piping hot soup to warm you up on a cold day. It’s also the perfect meal to have if you are trying to eat right (and who isn’t especially this time of the year), and watch your weight.
The other day, I made a hearty potato and leek soup- the perfect antidote to the cold weather we have been having lately.

3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 leeks (white and pale-green parts only), chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup or more of 2% milk (depending on the consistency required)
½ tsp red chilli flakes
A pinch of nutmeg
1 Tbsp butter
Spring onions/scallions for garnishing
Salt and pepper for seasoning

Melt the butter in a large pot; add leeks and garlic, season with salt and pepper. Cook till leeks soften.

Add the cubed potatoes along with a cup of water. Cover and cook till the potatoes are tender and start to crumble.

Blend the potato-leek mixture well. (I use my immersion blender. It makes life so much easier!)

Add the milk and continue to cook till it becomes thick and creamy.

Garnish with scallions. Proceed to take pictures...err, I mean serve hot! :-)

This is one simple and delicious soup I will be making often.

Other soups on this blog worth trying out:
Spicy Cannellini Bean Soup
Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Gingered Carrot and Parsnip Soup
Cream of Broccoli Soup

This Potato and Leek Soup goes to:
Lisa @ Lisa’s kitchen for kicking off the event-
No Croutons Required.
Sia @ Monsoon Spice for the one-off
Ode to Potato event.
DK @ DK’s Culinary Bazaar to celebrate
The Potato Fe(a)st.

41 Burps:

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Potato soup in all its variations has to be my favourite :D

Laavanya said...

That looks so thick, creamy and comforting :) I've been hearing only good things about adding leeks to soup.. must try it. Nice picture (as usual...). Have a great weeek ahead.

Rajitha said...

mmm..looks soo creamy and i like the way you have swirled the soup..looks stylish!

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Looks good.
I love anything potato and this one too though I am not a soup lover.

Anonymous said...

TBC, this looks so tasty! Makes me wish for a snowy evening by the fire :)

Rachel said...

Creamy and a very comforting one at that! Great prsentation.

Red Chillies said...

Looks delicious and soup is a God-send for this cold winter. Makes you feel good from head to toe. I need to try this potato-leek soup, it looks great!

Sig said...

oh yum..thick and creamy, just the way I like it... Love the way it look...

Mythreyee said...

I have always had this in restaurants. Never attempted to try this one. Sounds simple, and will surely give it a shot. It's so creamy and wonderful.

Lavanya Raj said...

Soup looks so yummy. picture looks to good

sra said...

Proceed to take pictures - LOL! I like the way the picture has a sense of motion in the swirl of soup at the top!

EC said...

Lovely looking soup...

Shella said...

Love the soup TBC. Potatoes n soup - comfort of the highest levels... will try this out.

Archana Doshi said...

creamy, and delicious! Lovely picture with that cool swirl. One of my French friend, had made a soup with just leeks, with n0 potatoes, they were absolutely yummy.

FH said...

Send it to Meeta too, one pot dish!! Looks delcious, great for winter!:)

Patricia Scarpin said...

It looks so creamy!! YUM!

Richa said...

today is one such cold day when i can use a bowl of this soup :)

Finla said...

I love this combo.Delicious

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mollycal said...

Great soup and beautiful photo. Thanks!

DK said...

That pic of yours! What can i say except 'Perfect'. There is something so comforting about Potato and leeks. I luv them in the soups. They make such a hearty meal. Thanks for sending your fab luking recipe for the event. :)

Seema said...

Lovely thick & creamy soup! Perfect for the weather we all are facing!Lovely photo - as usual :-)

Uma said...

The soup looks lovely!

Sreelu said...

this is called soul food, nice pic. I love leek and potato combo.

musical said...


Unknown said...

hi!! browsed thru your blog and enjoyed have an amazing blog .are you an expert in soups...i am going to try all of them.

TBC said...

Valli- thanks:-)

Laavanya- I love taste that the leeks lend to the soup. It was really good. I had it with some garlic bread. :-)

Rajitha- thanks! Actually, I did not have to do a thing. Just poured the thick soup into the bowl and the the swirls just came about. I'm not complaining though. ;-)

Aparna- what? not a soup lover? You disappoint me now...:-(

Linda- where have you been? Missed u! It's good to see you back in action. :-)

Rachel- thanks! :-)

RC- thanks.:-) It was just perfect for the bone-chilling weather we have been having lately.

Sig- thanks!:-)

Mythreyee- It IS simple. Do try it out.:-)

Lavanya Raj- welcome to my blog and thank you!:-)

Sra- I never know whether you are being sarcastic or not.:-( It had a sense of motion alright- it quickly moved to my mouth soon after that. ;-)

EC- thanks:-)

Shella- Please do! I'm sure you'll like it.:-)

Archana- I should try using only leeks the next time. Will taste more or less like an onion soup, won't it?

Asha- thanks. It was really good and it freezes well too.:-)

Patricia- thank you. :-)

Richa- yeah, we've been having that kind of weather too.But I'm not complaining. I just wish we could get a little snow as well!

HC- thank you. :-)

Mollycal- welcome, and thanks for stopping by!:-)

DK- you're being too kind now! I'm glad I could participate.:-)

Seema- thanks:-)

Uma- welcome to my blog.:-)Thanks for the compliment.

Sreelu- thanks, I too love it now. :-)

Musical- thanks... it truly is a slurp-worthy soup. :-)

TBC said...

Saswati- that's such a beautiful name! Welcome. :-)
An expert in making soups? ...not at all!...just like to try out new things. :-)

Mallika said...

I am craving soup at the moment. Yours looks so satisfying...

Sagari said...

yummmmm soup looks so creamyy tbc

S said...

leaks n potato is a nice combo...nice pics..delicious soup

Anonymous said...

That is such a lovely soup tbc. I never made any soups at home, as I only like tomato soup and love to have it when I go to restaurants. But your list of soups are tempting me to try one at home.

Cris said...

Oh you inspired me! I have a similar soup in the pot! I did not have leeks so I added cauliflower instead... and will add a bit of harissa, do you know this spice? I use my immersion blender all the time! Catching up with your wonderful recipes... :-)

East Meets West Kitchen said...

This is my kind of comfort food!
I have 10 mins left of the 14th to wish you Happy Valentine's Day! :)

Suganya said...

This soup looks so smooth and silky... Nice it...

Anonymous said...

This soup looks looks very delicious. Will have to try to it out,considering we are big fans of potatoes :)

TBC said...

Mallika- are u back? how was the trip?

Sagari- thanks!

Shanti- thank you.

Hima- I do the same thing- will only order the tomato soup in spite of the fact that there are other soups on the menu that i've never even tasted before. I do not like change! ;-)

Cris- long time, no see! how have you been?:-)

Cauliflower soup sounds good too. I've got one somewhere around here. I cannot say that I'm familiar with harissa, though I do remember reading 'bout it on one of the other blogs.
I'll wait for your soup spiced up with harissa.
I love my immersion blender too. Sometimes, I make soups just so that I can use it! ;-). Isn't it such a timesaver!

EMWK- thanks:-) Hope u had a good one!

Sukanya- thank you:-) It is nice to see u here after a long time. How was your trip?

Homecooked- welcome!
Thanks. Do give me some feedback when u try it out. :)

Seena said...

Lovely pic and very nice recipe dear! It has been a little long since I visited here, am trying hard to manage blog hopping..:D

TBC said...

Hey Seena,
Nice to see u.:)How are you doing now? Visit only when u pressure.
I do not blog hop a lot either...too much to do...
BTW, is your blog not on Taste of Inida?

Astra Libris said...

Ooooh, your soup is so beautifully creamy - the perfect proof that creamy soups can be light and healthful and delicious, too!

TBC said...

Astra libris- welcome and thanks for stopping by my blog.:-)

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