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Potato Leek Soup, Oh My!

If you are ever scurrying for a quick but nutritious dinner for your family, this is the recipe for you! I LOVE this soup! I’m not even a full-on soup LOVER… but I LOVE this soup! It is quick, easy, and insanely nourishing – who could ask for more?

The ingredients are simple, easy to find in your market, and the soup is a snap to prepare. It is absolutely perfect for a quick meal and especially on those evenings that you are just drained… but you want to feed your little sweet peas something hearty and filling for their tummies.

 

Let’s get started! You will need the following:

Potato Leek Soup

  • 2-3 Leeks
  • 4-6 Russet Potatoes
  • 1 qt. Chicken Broth
  • Seasonings to taste (Salt and Pepper, Thyme, Dill)
  • Butter or Olive Oil

Before we continue, I have to sing the praises of Leeks! Leeks are a superfood! I tend to focus a lot on superfoods because they help to take the pressure off of me when it comes to nourishing my family and helping them to have strong, robust health. I concentrate on feeding all of us superfoods to ensure we have nutrient-dense foods fueling our health and well-being. Leeks are just one of those great foods that provide so many health benefits to our bodies.

Leeks contain notable quantities of vitamins A and K, along with healthy amounts of folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, and thiamin. Adequate intake of leeks during pregnancy may help prevent neural tube defects in newborns. B vitamins in leeks, in particular, may support heart health by keeping levels of homocysteine in balance (elevated levels of homocysteine are associated with heart disease, blood clots, and stroke). More from Dr. Mercola on LEEKS

For those who know they have an MTHFR genetic mutation, you’ll be happy to know this about leeks…

Folate is present in leeks in one of its bioactive forms (5-methyltetrahydrofolate, or 5MTHF) and it is present throughout the plant (including the full leaf portion, not only the lower leaf and bulb). The World’s Healthiest Foods

But, what about those potatoes? Potatoes have come under fire with the low-carb diet trends and their unheralded health benefits might just need their own spotlight!

Another name for potatoes could easily be “the nutritional powerhouse.” Potatoes are rich in numerous nutrients, and they’re certainly a healthy choice — due to the dozens of vitamins and minerals they contain. Here are some important nutritional facts about potatoes:

  • A medium-sized potato contains up to 46% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.
  • A medium-sized potato contains up to 18% of your daily intake of potassium. That’s the same amount that you get in a serving of broccoli or bananas.
  • Potatoes have significant quantities of other valuable micronutrients, such as iron, folate, niacin, thiamin, and zinc.
  • Unskinned potatoes (e.g., new potatoes and baked potatoes) can contain up to 7g of dietary fiber — making it one of the best options in the produce aisle.
  • Potatoes have high amounts of resistant starch, which boosts colon health — due to its prebiotic properties.
  • Potatoes are naturally free of sodium and fat.
  • Potatoes are also gluten-free, which makes them an important source of carbohydrates for patients with gluten sensitivities or Celiac disease.  More from Well-beingsecrets.com

When you pair these two fabulous foods with homemade chicken broth, some sea salt and herbs, and a grassfed butter, your culinary creation becomes a nutrition powerhouse! Way to go!

To begin creating this soup, you will want to slice your leeks into thin rings. Don’t bother washing first, you’ll wash them well once they are all sliced and in your colander. I just use the white and light green sections and discard the rest. Place your leek rings in a colander, push your thumb through them to separate all the rings then rinse them well under cold water. Then set them aside as you wash, skin, and cube your potatoes.

In your favorite soup pot, melt some butter or olive oil then add your leek rings with a pinch of sea salt. Saute on medium heat until your leeks are soft. You’ll add your cubed potatoes, salt and pepper, and whatever herbs knock your socks off! Currently, I am on a Thyme kick! I will typically add Thyme and/or Dill, or both, to this soup but you can really use this opportunity to play with the flavors and make it yours!

Now it’s time to add in your beautiful nourishing homemade Chicken Broth! You do get bonus points for using homemade broth but store-bought will also do the trick. I start off adding one quart but I like to have more on hand just incase I need it to thin out over-achieving soup!

Cook this down on medium-high heat until your potatoes are fork-tender. At this point you can puree it smooth with a stick blender. Taste test it to see if you need a touch more salt or pepper. Add that extra broth if you need to thin it out some. And when it is to your liking, it’s time for the finishing touch; stir in about 1 Tbs. of grassfed butter for a nice silky smooth finish. Congratulations, you have succeeded in your first pot of Potato Leek Soup, Oh my!

The soup is absolutely perfect served as-is. Or you can get creative and swirl in some probiotic-rich Cream Fraiche…or add some pizzazz with a sultry chili oil… or top with some asiago cheese… or fried leek rings.. or a dusting of chives…the opportunities are endless!

I am confident you will love this soup as much as I do; no matter how you dress it! If you come up with some feisty toppings please come back and share your creation with us!

 

 

 

3 Comments
  1. Georgette 8 months ago
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    I am so glad to have found this superfood recipe. This will definitely be on the menu today!

  2. Michele Baratta 8 months ago
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    Potato Leek soup is one of my favorites!!! Thanks for the awesome recipe! I am totally making this!
    xo, Michele

  3. Heather 8 months ago
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    You had me at fried leek rings! Drooling!! This sounds great and a super food, I’m in!

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