“Creamy” Potato Leek Soup

Written by Karen on January 18th, 2010

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We are gearing up for a series of storms on the west coast this week…so to me, that begs for soup.  Soup is the best way to get mega-doses of vegetables all in one serving, with so many variables on combinations.  And as part of our monthly Gluten Free Progressive Dinner Party, I thought it was fitting to offer this recipe as the first course.  Let the flood gates open (so to speak…) as we savor soups in the season of the storm…

I have been getting quite a bit of potatoes and leeks in  my veggie box for the past two weeks.  Potatoes not only offer high amounts of vitamin C, they are also a great source for vitamin B6.  Vitamin B6 is good for our brain (helps with depression and sleep), our heart (reduces blood pressure), and rivals broccoli in phytonutrients, especially when eaten with the skin.  Make sure to buy organic potatoes, as conventional ones are on the “Dirty Dozen” list – super high in pesticides.

“Creamy” Potato Leek Soup – Makes about 8 cups

Potatoes are also great for providing a creamy texture to soups without adding dairy. If you are vegetarian, omit bacon and use olive oil for sauteing onions.

4 slices bacon
4 small to medium leeks, cleaned and sliced thin
1 large shallot. minced
2 organic Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2″ pieces
3-4 cups chicken or veggie stock
1/2 cup white wine
Sea salt and black pepper
1/4 cup chopped chives

Directions

Cook bacon in medium skillet until crispy.  Remove from pan and set aside on paper towel.
Add leeks and shallots to skillet and saute 5 minutes, or until tender and slight brown.
Add potatoes, 3 cups stock and wine.  Cook for 45 minutes.
Cool slightly, and puree in batches in blender or food processor until creamy.  Add extra stock if needed.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with bacon bits and chives.

gluten-free-progessive-dinner-party>>And now for more additions to our delicious “Light Winter Warmers” Progressive Dinner menu this week:

Monday January 18th Karen from Cook4Seasons made Creamy Potato Leek Soup and Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Gluten Free Croutons by Alison from Sure Foods Living.

Tuesday January 19th - Winter Fire Roasted Tomato Soup w/ Prosciutto Topping from Diane- The W.H.O.L.E. Gang.

Wednesday January 20th -Mexican Seafood Soup from  Diane- The W.H.O.L.E. Gang and SeaMaiden from Book of Yum with a Vegan Un-Chicken Roasted Vegetable Soup.

Thursday January 21st – Amy from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free served Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash & Swiss Chard and Shirley from gluten free easily shared Wassail.

Friday January 22nd -Ali from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen.

This post is also part of The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter Thursday.

7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jan
    18
    7:16
    AM
    glutenfreeforgood

    This looks delicious. I love potato soup. In fact, I use potatoes for a “thickening” agent in soups and stews all the time (since I don’t add flour to thicken). I have a couple of cooked baked potatoes on hand in the fridge all the time. They also make good dog treats (yes, my dog is spoiled). :-) Thanks for the recipe. I’ve never made it with leeks.
    Melissa

  2. Jan
    18
    7:28
    AM
    gfe-gluten free easily

    Karen, this soup looks just perfect. I’m another fan of potato soup. I’ll see if I can pick up some leeks at our grocery store. (It’s limited, so we shall see.) We have our support group meeting tomorrow night and the theme is soups and comfort foods, so I’d like to have a great dairy-free option.

    The progressive dinner party is always such fun, with so many wonderful recipes shared. :-)

    Thanks!

    Shirley
    .-= gfe-gluten free easily´s last blog ..Recycled Food–Croutons (Gluten Free, Dairy Free) =-.

  3. Jan
    20
    12:04
    PM
    alison

    I love potato leek soup – with the bacon… yum!

  4. Jan
    20
    5:47
    PM
    Diane-The W.H.O.L.E. Gang

    I’ve never tried this soup but have always meant to. Now that I see your recipe I’m definitely going to try this. I love bacon and potatoes. This just looks like heaven to me. My immersion blender is always looking for something to do.

  5. Jan
    21
    6:18
    PM
    Amy @ Simply Suga r& Gluten Free

    We love leeks and use them in so many different dishes. This soup sounds great. I love that the base is chicken stock instead of milk because it’s so much lighter that way.

  6. Jan
    22
    5:12
    PM
    sea

    This sounds lovely and very comforting. I’m impressed there is no dairy! :)

    -Sea
    .-= sea´s last blog ..Gluten Free Progressive Dinner: Vegan Un-Chicken Roasted Vegetable Soup Recipe =-.

  7. Aug
    27
    3:03
    PM
    Mark

    That looks so good. I’m going to make that this weekend.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..2011 Chevrolet Volt Review =-.

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