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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Oh So Good Soup!

Oh so good and satisfying on a cold Winter day...mmmm...

2 medium russet potatoes (about 1/2 lb. each)

1/4 cup unsalted butter

2-1/2 cups sliced leeks (about 2 medium leeks; white and light green parts), rinsed well

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups homemade or low-salt canned chicken broth

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup sour cream

4 thick slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 cup grated sharp Cheddar (about 1/4 lb.)

2 Tbs. thinly sliced scallion greens or chives

Heat the oven to 375ºF. Scrub the potatoes in water, pat dry, and pierce in several places with a fork. Set them directly on an oven rack and bake until very tender when pierced with a fork, about 1 hour. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium-low heat. Add the leeks and garlic, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the broth and 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the leeks are very tender, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the bacon in a skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the bacon bits with a slotted spoon to a saucer lined with paper towels to drain and cool.

When the potatoes are cool, cut one of them in half lengthwise. Use a large spoon to scoop the flesh in one piece from each half. Cut the flesh into 1/2-inch cubes and set aside. Coarsely chop the potato skin and the entire remaining potato and add to the pot with the leeks. Purée the contents of the pot in a blender until very smooth (you'll need to work in two batches). Return the puréed soup to a clean soup pot and reheat over medium low. Whisk together the milk and sour cream until smooth and then whisk this into the soup, along with 1/2 cup of the Cheddar. Stir in the diced potato. The soup should be fairly thick, but if it seems too thick, thin it with a little water. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with the remaining Cheddar, the bacon bits, and the scallions or chives.
From: Fine

Hope all of you are staying warm!

Love and Hugs,
Susie Q


Brenda Eason said...

Looks and sounds yummy. I love tater soup =)

Stacey said...

That looks wonderful! Do you know that I've never tried leeks but I'm pretty sure I'd like them. Your recipe is printing now. :)

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh my gosh this sounds good! It haas been forever since I had potato soup and this one sounds fantastic. Thanks Sue!

Connie said...

Yuuuuum, that is my favorite kind of soup, sugar. I love potato leek soup but never thought of adding back bits to it. I'll have to make some since it's so cold here lately.
P.S. How's th' Kip?!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Looks so good, Sue! My friend just sent a recipe for potato soup, using cream cheese. She says it is very good. I need to make a pot of potato soup. We love just plain old potato soup and with extras, too.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Are you having that tonight? Can I come for dinner? That sounds wonderful! Especially with the cold winter weather.

Blondie's Journal said...

This sounds SO good, Susie!! You know I am in the Midwest, too, and we need all the warmth we can get!! :-)


Janet said...

Sounds warm and yummy for this not so pleasant winter weather!

Terri and Bob said...

Sounds like a perfect soup for a winter day!

Jeanie said...

Well, up here in Michigan, I'm cold as can be and I just want to crawl into that page! Sounds fabulous!

Meggie said...

Ah, nothing like a good bowl of soup on a cold winter's day. Thanks for the recipe, Sweet Sue!

Pamela said...

recently I made Tuscan Bean soup out of my soup bible.
Oh My was that a pleasant bowl of warmth on the cold winter day.

soup has to be the nectar of the gods --

Lallee said...

Oh, if only there were an instant food button I could mash that would put a bowl of THAT in my hungry hands. Yummo!

Rosemary said...

Hi Susie,
This soup sounds so good. I will have to try it.
Thanks for the visit, and I don't always have time to leave comments either. I check the blogs sometimes when I'm busy, and don't have time for the comments.
Have a great day,

PEA said...

Oh Sue, that soup does sound and look so delicious, I must copy the recipe!! Isn't it wonderful that we only have to copy and paste now instead of having to write it all out? lol I need some hot soup today, it's only 18F!!! Love you to bits. xoxo

Libbie said...

wow that looks good! I will have to print this one off!

joan said...

I will have to try this. I am always going to Panera to get their potato soup! LOL

Wendster said...

Am I too late for a cup?