FFwD: Leek & Potato Soup

Even though leek and potato soup could be found on the tables of many Western countries, I’ll take Dorie Greenspan’s word when she says that ‘Soups don’t get simpler or more French than leek and potato’.  She gave an example of Antoine-Auguste Parmentier, who used potatoes to feed the poor in the 18th century.

I took a few liberties with this soup and incorporated fennel as well as ham.

Despite the list of ingredients, this soup couldn’t be easier to make!

All the ingredients you'll need

First sauté a Spanish onion, a few garlic cloves, and a thinly sliced fennel bulb in a few tablespoons of butter until softened.  Season with salt and pepper.

Thinly slice your fennel bulb, excluding the tough bottom bit

Then add a few cubed potatoes, 3 thinly sliced leeks, cubed ham, and equal parts chicken broth and whole milk (enough to cover the vegetables).

The white and light green parts of the leeks should be cut in thin strips

I added flavor to the soup with salt, pepper, thyme sprigs, and sage leaves and then let it simmer, half-covered, for 40 minutes.

One of the great things about this soup is that you can leave it chunky, puree it for a smooth texture, serve it hot, or serve it cold.  It’s the middle of winter so I couldn’t imagine eating it any way other than hot and chunky, so I lightly squished the potatoes with a fork and  served it hot – topped with green onions and alongside a baguette (to be extra French).


12 responses to “FFwD: Leek & Potato Soup

  1. Looks great! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  2. I left mine chunky too. Yours looks so good. I wondered how it would taste with the fennel and the ham sounds wonderful. I’ll have to try that next time.

  3. Yum – I love the addition of the ham.

  4. I was thinking smooth from the start, but ‘slightly squished’ sounds perfect too! I loved this…and might borrow from you and add the ham sometime. Great combination!

  5. Ooh, ham! What a perfect addition! Your soup looks fabulous. 🙂

  6. OK. I may have to amend my post to say that I would only make this again if I made it like Wanderlust made it, with ham and fennel. THAT would make me make it again. Great ideas!
    Trevor Sis. Boom.

  7. Like the ham concept! I did this soup chunky, but I am curious how the smooth would work out. HMMMM

  8. You chopped your leeks the same way I did! But because you left it chunky you probably didn’t have the stringy bits I ended up with. Oh I should have done that! Great post!

  9. This looks fantastic. I think I would serve it just like you did. 🙂

  10. Your soup looks great. I made it this week too and it was so delicious. I made mine with bacon…so good.

  11. oh, how I love soup. thx for a variation on the standard potato!

  12. Oh yum it looks warm and hearty, a perfect dish for a cold winters day! I love your pictures!

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