Leek potato soup

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time75 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium
450g leeks, approximately 4 to 5 medium, cleaned and dark green sections removed
45g unsalted butter
Heavy pinch salt, plus additional for seasoning
400g, potatoes, approximately 3 small, peeled, diced finely
1L vegetable stock
250ml double cream
250ml buttermilk
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp snipped chives
1) Chop the leeks into small pieces.

2) In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the leeks and a heavy pinch of salt and sweat for five minutes. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook until the leeks are tender, approximately 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3) Add the potatoes and the vegetable stock, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and gently simmer until the potatoes are soft, approximately 45 minutes.

4) Turn off the heat and puree the mixture with a hand blender until smooth. Stir in the double cream, buttermilk and white pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.

Sprinkle with chives and serve immediately, or chill and serve cold.

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