We had a little dusting of snow on Christmas and it was so nice to be warm inside by the fire with our furry kids! What better time for a nice creamy and chunky soup (yes you can have both!) Leeks and potatoes bring wonderful earthy notes to this winter soup. You could also add some wild mushrooms for more umami! Traditional potato leek soup can be a little fattening because it often includes heavy cream and butter. Not this recipe! It is naturally low-fat yet has a rich creamy texture!
My mom used to make a potato leek soup at least once a month in the winter. It was never blended so it was chunky. But I never really thought much about leeks. They seemed a bit boring, until I found out how much of a powerhouse they are for our health and discovered other ways to prepare them.
If you are into gardening, you will love growing leeks. They can be grown from seeds and it takes about 6 months from planting to harvest time.
Which part of the leek should be used?
Most people only use the white part that can be eaten either raw in salads or cooked.
I personally love the dark green part. A Vietnamese friend showed me how she simmered and caramelized the green top for 10-15mn and used it in omelets, scrambles, over rice. That was a total game changer! So don’t ever discard it because it is so good!
How to prepare leeks
Leeks grow in the ground so even though they seem clean on the shelves, they often contain some soil near the roots. So first remove the roots, then cut the leeks where the dark green starts then cut in half. Separate the layers at the bottom and rinse under water.
Health benefits of leeks
Leeks are mildly diuretic. They are a good source of vitamin K, vitamin B6, manganese, iron, copper, folate and vitamin C. They are packed with dietary fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
Leeks are also good for people with type 2 diabetes because they contain allicin, a compound that has been shown to protect against diabetic neuropathy.
If you are a singer or a speaker, you may want to eat leeks on a more regular basis because they help clear and strengthen our voice.
Prevent cataract, lower blood pressure, prevents anemia,
Leeks and weight loss
Leeks help with weight loss by promoting feelings of fullness.
I was watching the second season of the show “Emily in Paris” on Netflix and in one of the episode, Emily’s French boss tells her about the French weight loss secret and how it involves leeks. This is an ancient secret French women have been using for eons whenever they want to easily shed a few kilos. Considering how fattening French food is, they must be on to something right? It isn’t potato soup (although it can’t hurt).
Here is the formula:
Wash 2 pounds of leeks, remove the dark green part (use in stir-fry).
Place in a large pot and cover with water.
Bring to boil and simmer with no lid for 30 minutes.
Pour off the liquid and reserve.
Drink a cup of leek juice (reheated or at room temperature) every 2-3 hours. This will be your only nourishment for 2 days. You will be fasting while consuming leek broth. No worry, you won’t be hungry and you will feel great afterwards.
Creamy Dairy-free Potato Leek Soup
- 4 medium potatoes (yukon gold or russet)
- 2 large leeks
- 1/2 cup white cannellini beans (optional)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 4-6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp black pepper
Prepare the leeks
- Remove the roots and cut the dark green leaves.
- Cut in half and rinse under water to remove any sand or dirt.
- Chop the leeks.
Make the soup
- Heat up 4-6 cups of broth in a medium pot.
- Peel and dice the potatoes.
- Sautee the chopped leeks in a teaspoon of oil. Add the soy sauce, and garlic and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the diced potatoes, rosemary, and 1/2 cup of white beans to the broth, the leeks and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
- Take 1-2 cups of the soup making sure to have a cup worth of potatoes and blend quickly to liquify.
- Pour back into the soup. Taste and season as needed. serve hot.