Friday, June 10, 2011

REAL Student Food: Leek and Potato Soup


So. I have this HUGE, important lab report due in in a couple of days, which I should TOTALLY be doing right now. And I'm gonna. Just as soon as I finish this post. I promise. I'm a good student. I promise.


It's winter here in NZ right now, and good ol' Wellywood sure turned on the waterworks today... And do you know what is totally awesome on a wet, windy, winter's day in Wellington (or anywhere?!)

Do you?

WOUP!!! (more commonly known as "soup", when used by people not making a pathetic attempt at alliteration)

Potato and Leek soup, with sage. And homemade bread roll. Mine was the little one and the heart was for my Gorgeous Boy... (you may pretend to gag now...)
 This stuff is AMAZING! All it took was 30 minutes and a nearly empty fridge with a leek in it...

Read on, Mac Duff!

(adapted from this month's foodtown magazine)


1 leek, sliced.
2 potatoes, washed and diced
2 cloves garlic
some oil/butter for frying

1L water
3 tsp powdered chicken stock
(or 1L of real chicken stock, if it's handy...)

2tsp dried sage (or whatever flavouring floats your boat)

1/2 cup milk
(the real recipe asked for cream. The problem with cream is that when I have it, I use it...)
[or, if you're me - this means left over cottage cheese, say 1/2-3/4 cup... a beaten egg leftover from brushing the bread rolls, a little milk to make it runny, and about a cup of grated cheese because you got bored.)

1 cup grated cheese (see above)

Aaand... That's it. For serious.


Sautee the leek, garlic and potatoes on low for 3-5 minutes, until the leeks become translucent.

Pour in your "chicken stock" and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft and squishable.

Add in the dairy products and herbies of your choosing - DO NOT BOIL... it'll make the soup yucky!

Now for the fun part - either blitz in a food processor or use a biz-zizz stick (AKA stick blender) and biz-zizz until smooth.

Ladel into bowls and serve a little olive oil drizzled over and a sprinkling of fresh sage (which I totally did NOT steal from a flatmate... Only one leaf, I swear!)... And, of course delicious fresh rolls!

Enjoy! <3


  1. I always thought soup was a complete hassle to cook. Toiling away over a simmering cauldron of complicated liquid for hours didn't seem like a good investment of time. But what's better when it's miserable outside than hot soup? Plus you can heat it up again later! So now I'm experimenting with soup and I'll definitely give this one a go. Thanks!

    1. Soup is brilliant - bung it and leave it! That's my philosoupy!