Warming leek and celery soup.


March 18, 2013 by alexanderwillowharvey

Good old wet winter is refusing to leave. The spring equinox is coming soon, but I’m not too convinced we are gonna have a “proper” spring. And with that horrible realization  there’s nothing more comforting than leek  and potato soup, except maybe this? The earthy taste of the celery, creamy potatoes and slightly pepper leek are given an extra bit of warmth with some garlic powder -added towards the end- with a delicate scattering of chives, because even soup likes to dress up sometimes. Wrap up warm and enjoy a little bit of comfort before maybe going to plant some leeks, I hear it’s the perfect week for leek planting in England….. if nothing else.
1 tbsp vegan margarine
1 tbsp olive oil
4 stalks of celery, diced
2 leeks, trimmed and diced
1 onion, diced
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
4-6 cups good quality vegetable stock
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
chives for garnish, just cause’ they look pretty

Melt the margarine in a big soup pot, add the oil. Bring to a medium-high heat, add all the veggies and a pinch of salt, toss about to coat all the veggies. Stir about, cooking for 8-10 minutes until the leeks and celery are softened. Add the stock, bring to the boil for a few minutes, then simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potato chucks are tender. Turn the heat off and allow to cool a little before blending with an immersion blender. Stir through the garlic powder and season with salt and pepper to taste, ladle into bowls and top with chopped chives.

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13 thoughts on “Warming leek and celery soup.

  1. The Vegan Green says:

    Yes, I was on the soup at lunchtime too – what is it with this weather??

  2. uberdish says:

    We’re supposed to get up to 25 cm of snow tomorrow. :( Your soup looks delicious and I would love to make it today or tomorrow. I ran out of potatoes, so I may throw in a scoop of cooked millet or quinoa instead. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Holly J says:

    This looks amazing!

  4. Leek and celery — that sounds like a combination that needs to be further explored. I made leek and potato soup last night — we too had a blizzard. Sometimes I think I would be happy to eat nothing but soup and oatmeal!

  5. sammysfood says:

    Your beautiful picture reminds me of a soup like this my Dad used to make when I was little and wouldn’t eat my vegetables. I would always eat that soup though! On that note… I’m going to try this recipe for lunch tomorrow because you are right, this god-forsaken weather is not leaving us!

  6. Somer says:

    The endless winter is killing me, we’re finally getting spots of sunshine here and there, but not enough. We’re still eating heaps of soups too and all my lettuce I buy intending to make salads keeps going off. Sigh, This one is lovely.

  7. Ahh I neeed this for these colllld temperatures we have! Give me spring or give me death!

  8. Jenny says:

    Lovely soup for a winters dinner.This will become a favourite family soup.

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