Canadian winters suck. That is an established fact. But for the majority of the past few years, we’ve been blessed with a St. Patrick’s Day miracle. It could have been negative 10 degrees Celsius the week before, but as soon as March 17th hit, the thermometers soared! I remember two years ago I wore a strapless top to my friend’s outdoor party and we spent the entire afternoon basking in the sun enjoying farmers’ market pizza and green-tinted drinks. And the year before I was in a t-shirt on the streets hopping from pub to pub for the Leprechaun Crawl.
But that will not be happening this year because A) St. Patrick’s Day is on a Monday and I’m no longer a carefree student, and B) It’s still going to be cold here for the foreseeable future. So this year I’m celebrating the holiday with this Irish leek and potato soup. Delicious, comforting, and best of all, warm!
Leek and potato soup
Gluten free, nut free, vegetarian with vegan option
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 leeks, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
800 g Yukon gold potatoes (about 5), cubed
4 cups of low sodium vegetable broth
3/4 cup of milk (use soy or almond milk to make it vegan)
3/4 tsp salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp pepper, or to taste
In a large pot heat up the olive oil over low heat, then add the leeks. Saute over very low heat for about 7-10 minutes until they are soft. Then add the cubed potatoes and vegetable broth and cook covered for 40-50 minutes when the potatoes can be pierced with a fork. Put the soup in a high powered blender or use an immersion blender to puree it into a smooth soup with no lumps. Then stir in the milk, salt, and pepper and enjoy.
Optional step: If you want to make the soup green and add extra nutrients, feel free to add 100 g of frozen spinach. Just mix it into the soup before pureeing with the blender!
Normally I don’t add spinach to my leek and potato soup… that was just my creative and desperate attempt to make a green recipe so I could link up with the Great St. Patrick’s Day Greek Food Link Up at The Healthy Maven. The link up post will be up on Friday, so make sure to go check out all the recipes!
What did you do for St. Patrick’s Day last year?
What’s your favourite potato recipe?