Everywhere I look the leaves are turning colors and there is a refreshing crispness in the air. Oh how I love autumn! Playing in the leaves, drinking hot apple cider, and trips to the apple orchard, all favorites of this time of the year. With the chill in the air, I love to wrap up in a cozy sweater or blanket with a warm mug of soup in my hands.
Here is one of my favorite soups to make in the fall. This soup is modified from one of Julia Child's classics: Potage Parmentier soup. There are so many ways to vary this soul-warming soup! Here's my favorite combination. I would love to hear how you like to adapt this recipe--comment below or on our social media sites!
Potage Parmentier (Potato Leek Soup)
Original recipe modified from Julia Child's Potage Parmentier (Potato & Leek Soup)
Category: Cream, Soups/Stews
Yield: 6 servings
- 2 tablespoons organic, grass-fed butter
- 4 to 5 medium red potatoes (1 pound), roughly chopped
- 3 large leeks (1 pound), cleaned and thinly sliced
- 6 cups bone broth or vegetable stock (or organic chicken stock)
- Mineral salt, to taste
- 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup crème fraiche (or sour cream)
- 1/3 cup minced parsley or chives
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- Heat the butter in a large (6-plus quart) stockpot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add the leek and potato. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have begun to soften and brown slightly, about 8 to 12 minutes (this time will vary greatly depending on the surface area of the bottom of your pot).
- Add the vegetable stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Blend until smooth, either using an immersion blender or by carefully transferring to a blender in batches.
- Add the cream, and season to taste with salt (I start with 1 teaspoon and go from there, tasting frequently) and lemon juice.
- Ladle into bowls, and garnish with a dollop of crème fraiche and a healthy sprinkling of minced parsley.
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