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What’s New For Dinner? Potato Leek Soup

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Welcome to this week’s edition of “What’s New for Dinner?” Jaycie at CouponGeek and I have made a commitment to each other and to you, our readers, to try ONE new thing in our meal planning each week.  There are several reasons for this:

  1. Meal planning can get a bit tedious.  We find ourselves making the same dinners over and over again.  We are forcing ourselves to get creative and step outside of the lines.
  2. Hopefully this will inspire you, the reader, to try something new that you haven’t done before.                          And finally,
  3. To show  you that adding new recipes or tricks to your culinary routine does not have to be expensive or time consuming…you can have your dinner and eat it too!

I’ve read several recipes for potato leek soup over the years but I’ve always shied away from making it myself.  I have a great vegetable soup that uses leeks…but that is about it.  So this week: Chunky Leek and Potato Soup; courtesy of Parents.com (again).

The Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Shallots
  • Potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water
  • Cilantro or Parsley for Garnish

Yup…that’s it.  VERY healthy…and I didn’t even plan it that way!!

The Directions:

Chop up your veggies.  I started with the leeks,

Then the shallots;

And finally the potatoes;

Put them all in a stock pot with some melted butter and cook for about 7 -8 minutes until they start to soften.

Add water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, simmer for about 20 minutes until all the veggies are tender.  Take about half out and put it through the blender, return it to the stock pot and voila!  Chunky Leek and Potato Soup.

*Tip*
When you are cutting up strong ingredients like onions, leeks, garlic, etc. and potatoes are on your roster; save the potatoes for last, they help to remove the smell of the others from your hands.

The Results:

Everyone ate the soup except for SuperBaby … but he is being food-tempermental this week anyway.  I’m not sure everyone was enthusiastic about it…but they all ate it without complaining so it is hard to tell.  I liked it a lot.  I was nervous about this one but really pleased with the results.  I had leftovers a few days later and with some extra salt and pepper it was MUCH better than the first day.

What I Would Change:

I didn’t add nearly enough salt and pepper.  I’m notorious for not adding enough…mainly because I’m afraid of adding too much.  Because the base of this soup is water I think it is really important to flavor it well with the salt and pepper.

That’s it!  Be sure to check out Jaycie’s adventure with Tilapia over at CouponGeek.  If you are interested in seeing more of my adventurous culinary side you can see other What’s New For Dinner posts HERE.

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