Romance Cooks

Luxury Leek and Potato Soup – Pippa Jay


I’m not the greatest of cooks, but there are a handful of things I do well and that even my fussiest child will eat. This is one of their favourites – and mine – with a dash of cream for luxury. As a note, I’m also not very accurate with my measurements, so feel free to adjust your version as necessary.

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1 medium onion diced

2 large leeks (or up to 5 small)

3 large potatoes (or 5 small)

2 handfuls of lentils (split red/puy etc)

1 vegetable stock cube (or use 500mls of homemade stock instead of the water)

500mls water

300mls milk

100mls single cream

A large knob of butter

Cooking oil

1. Dice the onion, slice the leeks, and peel and chop the potatoes into approx. 1 inch cubes.

2. Melt the butter in a large soup pan (or similar) on a low heat. Then add all the chopped vegetables and stir until they’re all coated in the butter/oil mix.

3. Place a lid on the pan and leave the vegetables to ‘sweat’ on a low heat for 5 minutes.

4. Add the water, milk, stock cube and lentils, and bring to a boil.

5. Reduce the temperature to leave it simmering gently for approx. 20 minutes, checking that the potato pieces are cooked through.

6. Use a hand blender to reduce the soup to a smooth consistency. Add additional seasoning like salt and pepper as your taste requires. Add the cream stirring steadily to prevent it splitting.

7. Suggestion – serve with cheesy or garlic bread and enjoy. 🙂



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