Leeks are in season now right through until spring, peaking in January. They are such a versatile vegetable, so tasty eaten as a dish in their own right or also adding so much depth of flavour to other dishes. Leeks can enhance a dish by adding depth similar to onion but without the sharpness
They are high in nutrients but low in calories, containing high levels of magnesium, vitamin A, C and K.
One of our family favourite dishes is leek and potato soup, a lovely warming dish on cold autumn days which lends itself to being made in a large batch and frozen.
Leek and Potato Soup
1 Medium Onion
50g Butter/splash of oil
3-4 Medium Potatoes
1 litre Vegetable Stock – good quality stock cubes or homemade
Salt and Pepper
1: Finely chop the leeks and onions.
2: Peel the potatoes and chop into cubes.
3: Heat the oil or butter in a large pan and gently fry the Leeks and Onions stirring occasionally.
4: Add the potatoes and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
5: Turn the heat down. Cover and cook them on a low heat for approximately 10 minutes until the onions are opaque in appearance.
6: Add the vegetable stock and simmer for 30 minutes.
7: Leave the soup mix to cool slightly before liquidising, slowly add the milk until you reach your desired consistency, adding salt and pepper to taste.
This soup is the perfect winter warmer for cold Autumn days. It makes a hearty lunch or simple supper served with warm crusty bread to dunk in!
It is Gluten Free and is naturally thickened by the potato in the recipe, just remember to use Gluten Free stock cubes if not using homemade stock.
To make a large batch to freeze
Double the ingredients and extend the cooking time by one and a half times. Follow the instructions as above and then let the soup cool completely. Make sure your freezeable containers are clean and seal with a well-fitting lid ready to place in the freezer. I like to use glass or re-useable plastic containers. You can freeze in smaller portions, making this a delicious homemade soup, ready to eat as required.
Kirsty Wilson Close
Food Styling, Food Writing, Food Lover
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