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Leek Soup

When leeks are perfect for picking in my area, I start making this hearty leek soup. We pick as many wild leeks as we can find, and I freeze what we don't use immediately to try and stretch the season. —Cecilia Chynoweth, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 6 wild leeks
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • Cut leeks into thin slices. In a skillet, saute leeks and onion in butter until tender but not browned. Transfer to a soup kettle or Dutch oven. Add potatoes, broth and parsley; cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Strain; set broth aside. Puree vegetables in a blender or food processor. Return puree and broth to pan. Stir a small amount of pureed mixture into egg yolk; return to pan. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160°, stirring occasionally. Add the cream; heat through but do not boil. Garnish with bacon.

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