Leek & Potato Soup

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A tasty winter warmer that’s quick to cook and makes leftovers for lunch. I like to cook this on a Sunday to make sure Mr B & I have some lunches prepared for the week. You could also freeze some in Tupperware boxes for another time.

This recipe doesn't use any oil as the onions, celery and leeks sweat easily without it. Sometimes I throw in some other vegetables that need using and this time I used parsnips which made the soup nice and creamy. You can save time by chopping the vegetables any way you like as it will be blitzed at the end anyway.

Serves: Around 8 but it depends how hungry you are!

Ingredients

2 Onions (white or red), sliced

3 – 4 Celery sticks, sliced

3 – 4 Leeks, sliced

1 tbsp Thyme (dried)

2 tsp Garlic, chopped

800g – 1kg Potatoes, diced (so they cook quicker) with skins left on to retain the fibre

1.5L (approx.) Vegetable stock. Tesco does some great stock pots which are SFV

Salt & Pepper

To serve: Bread & butter (SFV)

 

Method

Cut and wash all vegetables and slowly heat a big pan. Add the onions, celery and garlic and let them sweat gently for around 5 minutes. Gently stir the mixture so it doesn’t stick.

Stir and add the leeks and thyme, then pop the lid on to let the ingredients sweat for about 5 minutes.

Add the potatoes, salt and pepper then stir and add the stock. Be careful how much salt you use as stock pots can be quite salty anyway. I probably use around 1tsp. You might need more or less than 1.5L of stock depending on the size of your pan. Basically, use enough stock to completely cover the vegetables and let this come to a boil. You can turn the heat down a bit (not to a simmer though) and cook until the potatoes are soft. This will probably take less than 20 minutes. I usually cook mine with the lid off.

Use a standing blender or a hand blender to blitz the soup how you like it. I like mine smooth with some chunks of potato. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary.

Enjoy! Let me know in the comments if you’ve made the soup and whether you’ve liked it.

Definitely Vegan x

*SFV = suitable for vegans