Saturday, March 07, 2020

Recipe for Fast, Fresh, Cheap Soup - Leek and Potato


A solitary leek languished in my vegetable box today, so I made leek and potato soup for lunch. The recipe requires only 1 leek, l potato, 1 onion, and a few store cupboard staples. It will feed two people.


Here's what to do -




  • Wash and  roughly chop the vegetables
  • Place a knob of butter (or some oil if you prefer) into a heavy-based saucepan. Drop in the vegetables, put the lid on the pan and sweat the veg for a few minutes. Shake the pan vigorously now and then to prevent sticking.
  • Melt the stock cube in enough hot water to cover the vegetables. Add the stock to the pan.
  • Simmer until the vegetables are soft - about 20 minutes.
  • Cool slightly. Add a good splash of milk (I used oat milk today).
  • When the soup is sufficiently cool, blitz in a liquidiser. If you don't own a liquidiser you might sieve the vegetables.
  • Reheat. 
  • Add white pepper to taste. I also grate in some nutmeg (optional)
Voila!  A cheap, satisfying and nourishing lunch with no artificial additives. Eat it with a chunk of crusty bread, if liked.


Leeks and onions are allium plants, which are thought to have anti-viral properties  - so now seems to be a particularly good time to add them to the shopping list. Here are some research findings -   https://www.researchgate.net/publication/251710734_In_vitro_anti-adenoviral_activity_of_five_Allium_plants

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