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Potato Leek Soup (Kraft)

Potato Leek Soup  

2 T olive oil

4 leeks, cut into round slices – use white and most of green

4 potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 4 C)

5 C water or 2-1/2 C water and 2-1/2 C chicken broth

1 –8 oz. pkg cream cheese, cubed

½ C milk

basil

 

In large pot, heat oil and add leeks cooking for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, water or broth. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover, bring to boil, then simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Cool for 10 minutes. In batches, add leek mixture to blender; blend until pureed. Return to pot and whisk in cream cheese, stirring constantly until melted. Add milk and stir. Serve in bowls and garnish with chopped basil.

*Keep it healthy by using low fat diary products.

Just a note: We served the soup to our kids on Tuesday night and they loved it! They called it "mashed potato soup". Although the basil adds a nice flavor, the kids found that sprinkling with cheddar cheese is also a delicious option.  As for clean-up of the blender (usually not my favorite job!), it was so easy to fill halfway with warm water, add a few drops of dishwashing liquid, make sure the lid is on tight and blend away the mess!