Thursday, July 28, 2011

Once Upon a Dinner Party: Vegetarian



So last week Chicago hit record highs with two days in a row of near 100 degree weather.  Instead of going about my prearranged plans that included being outside I opted to stay inside with the AC blasting and happily spent some quality time in my kitchen.

Oddly enough the recipe that I decided to make was soup.  I had been to my favorite fruit and vegetable store earlier that day and stocked up on my weekly 5-a-day requirements.  This recipe made two dinner size potions and was really yummy!

Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Adapted from:
  • Cook time: 30 minutes


  • 3 large leeks, cut lengthwise, separate, clean. Use only the white and pale green parts, chop.
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 lbs potatoes, peeled, diced into 1/2 inch piece
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Tabasco sauce or other red chili sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
*If cooking gluten-free, be sure to use gluten-free broth.


1 Cook leeks in butter with salt and pepper in a medium sized sauce pan. Cover pan, cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Check often. Do not brown leeks! Browning will give leeks a burnt taste.
2 Add water, broth, and potatoes. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Scoop about half of the soup mixture into a blender, puree and return to pan. Add marjoram, parsley, and thyme. Add a few dashes of chili sauce to taste. Add some freshly ground pepper, 1-2 teaspoons salt or more to taste.
Yield: Serves 4-6.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Kristin! It's Ann (Boswell) Hardisty. :-) I came across your blog today...I look forward to reading up! I hope all is well with you - I look forward to following your blog!