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Country Style Potato Leek Soup

Source: America's Test Kitchen
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  Makes about 11 cups, serving 6 to 8
The humble potato shines in this easy, hearty soup. Note that leeks differ -- if yours have large desirable white and light green sections, use 4 pounds of leeks; if they’re short on these parts, go with 5 pounds.
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 to 5 pounds leeks, rinsed thoroughly
1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
5 1/4 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1 3/4 pounds medium red potatoes (about 5), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice
Table salt
Ground black pepper
Country Style Potato Leek Soup Recipe at
Cut off roots and tough dark green portion of leeks, leaving white portion and about 3 inches of light green. Slice in half lengthwise and chop into 1-inch sections. (You should have about 11 cups).

Heat butter in Dutch oven over medium-low heat until foaming; stir in leeks, increase heat to medium, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until leeks are tender but not mushy, 15 to 20 minutes; do not brown. Sprinkle flour over leeks and stir to coat evenly ; cook until flour dissolves, about 2 minutes. Increase heat to high; whisking constantly, gradually add stock. Add bay leaf and potatoes; cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until potatoes are almost tender,
5 to 7 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let stand until potatoes are tender and flavors meld, 10 to 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf, season with salt and pepper; serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of America's Test Kitchen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Rating: 5
by: Sarah, CA Reviewed: 01/07/2008
An easy and absolutely delicious soup. I like this chunky version better than the traditional pureed recipe. Great and hearty as it is, or add a little milk (less than 1/4 cup) after cooking for a slightly different flavor and finish.
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