Velvety leek and potato soup is a staple in my house during the winter when the cold weather is persistent and leeks are in season. Since everything is blended together, I also love sneaking in more vegetables, like cauliflower, roasted red bell peppers and sautéed mushrooms, plus some shaved Parmesan for tasty garnish. I love the combination of savory flavors and pops of seasonal color.
I’ve never been one to be afraid and not talk about stuff. But I think it’s hilarious how this recipe and post came together for The Kitchn, where I am a contributing writer and recipe developer.
So, my love for all things dairy (cheese, ice cream, recipes using heavy cream, etc.) is not a secret . . but you may be surprised to discover that I am a little lactose intolerant, which simply means my body cannot easily digest lactose, a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products.
Now, I LOVE dairy so this could pose a problem. But thank the Lord for products like lactaid, almond milk and my coffeemate creamer, which I use every morning and is lactose-free. I still obviously consume dairy products, just not that much of it, or not a lot in one sitting.
I never thought I’d be talking about my lactose problems but here we are and I’m doing it. You’ve got to check out my post, where I share how leek and potato soup came into our lives, and the recipe over at The Kitchn. I’ve now discovered how to make my family’s favorite soup, where I can enjoy it, and it’s still rich, creamy and velvety!
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Velvety Leek and Potato Soup
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 large leeks, tender white and light green parts only, chopped
- 1 pound potatoes, peeled and chopped
- ½ medium to large head of cauliflower, chopped
- 5 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
- 1 cup low-fat or non-fat lactose-free cow’s milk
- 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 2 large red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise and de-seeded
- 2 teaspoons fresh chives, diced for garnish
- 2 tablespoons shaved Parmesan cheese to taste
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Place red bell peppers, cut side down, on a foil lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until the skins become wrinkled and slightly charred.
- Place the roasted bell peppers into a plastic zip top bag (or in a bowl, covered with a plate), close and steam the peppers for about 15 minutes. When ready, remove from the plastic bag or bowl, top off the stems, peel off the charred skins and slice into thin strips. (Don’t have the time to prep homemade roasted peppers? Swap in simple canned or jarred roasted red peppers from the supermarket.)
- Using a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the leeks, potatoes and cauliflower and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables have started to soften, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and mix one more time.
- Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat.
- Using a sauté pan over medium high heat, heat a glug of olive oil for a minute or so and add in the mushrooms. Sauté the mushrooms until tender, 5 to 6 minutes, and season with some salt.
- Using an immersion hand blender or Vitamix blender, puree the soup until smooth (if using a standard blender, puree the soup 2 cups at a time). This is what gives the soup its creaminess without any cream! Add in lactose-free cow’s milk and mix together well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls and garnish with the sautéed mushrooms, roasted red bell peppers, fresh chives and Parmesan. Mix and enjoy.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, in partnership with The Kitchn and The National Dairy Council. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.