...or so said Beethoven. I love soup no matter what the season. Today, it is raining and while the leeks are springtime fresh it is the right time to make this soup. You can puree for the creamy version or just simply mash for a heartier style. If the spring rain turns to sun, (spring is SO unpredictable), you can serve it chilled. Vichyssoise!
Creamy Leek & Potato Soup
4 cups peeled and diced potatoes
4 cups leeks, rinsed & sliced, some green part
2 qts chicken stock, homemade preferred
4 T butter
1 T salt
1 t pepper
1/2 c cream
2 T fresh chopped chives
black truffle olive oil, to finish
Melt butter in a soup pot and add the veggies. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and cook until soft but not browned, about 15 minutes. Cover with stock by 2 inches and cook until tender, about an hour. Transfer to a food processor or use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. Add cream and more stock, if necessary, to thin to desired consistency. To serve, top with chopped chives & drizzle with the black truffle olive oil, then, get ready to die with soup pleasure.
"One dark and stormy night…” no really! The other night, I was not about to go to the store when I began craving something warm and hearty. I looked in my pantry and fridge and this yummy soup is what happened!
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Soup
3 c butternut squash, cut in a 1” dice
1 onion, cut in 1/2 inch dice
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
2 14 oz cans black beans, rinsed
1 small chipotle pepper in adobo, chopped or 1/4 t cayenne
6 c chicken or veggie stock, enough to cover the veggies and make it ‘soupy’
1/2 c chopped fresh cilantro
2 t cumin,
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes, add squash, salt & freshly ground black pepper and continue to cook until a little bit browned and caramelized, another 5-10 minutes or so. Add the cumin and cilantro. Add the beans & tomatoes, the chipotle pepper and the stock. Bring to a boil, turn down and simmer for an hour to blend flavors or until the squash is soft. Additional time cooking on simmer will only add to the flavor and depth of this soup.
Add some chicken or cut up sausage for an even heartier bowl.
Note: grated cheddar or jack cheese, fresh lime, fresh cilantro, avocado, fried tortilla stripsmake perfect garnishes.
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