Potato Leek Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
1 medium white onion, peeled and diced
3 leeks, sliced into 1/2-inch half moons (white and light green parts only)
1 rib celery, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 1/4 pounds potatoes, cut into bite-sized chunks
6 cups vegetable stock
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or less, if you prefer)
fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
optional toppings: homemade croutons, grated Parmesan, chopped fresh chives
- Sauté the veggies. Heat olive oil (or butter) in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the leeks, celery and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the potatoes and broth. Add the white wine and use a wooden spoon to lift off any browned bits that are stuck to the bottom of the stockpot. Add the potatoes, vegetable stock, thyme, bay leaves, cayenne and stir to combine.
- Simmer. Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
- Season. Remove and discard the bay leaves and thyme stems. Give the soup a taste and season with however much salt and black pepper you think it needs.
- Serve. Serve warm, garnished with whatever toppings sound good, and enjoy!