My 13 year old daughter made her stage debut last week for her middle school drama class. My wife's cousin brought her a bouquet to give her after the performance. It wasn't flowers though. It was leeks, carrots, indian corn and dead flowers. She has a strange sense of humor as does my daughter. Well instead of displaying this lovely bouquet I decided to make some soup out of it.
Added a few more ingredients of my own that I had lying around. Except for the special trip I had to make for an onion. Chopped it all up.
Got out my trusty thick bottom stainless pot. Heated it up and added some EVOO.
Sweated the holy trinity til soft.
Added the leeks to cook them a little bit. Don't brown them they end up tasting icky if you do.
Add some mushrooms. Only because I had some.
Stir it up a bit before I add the chicken broth and the Knorr Homestyle Stock.
Let it simmer covered on low for an hour. That's about 2 on my stove dial.
Removed 1 1/2 cups of mostly potatoes and leeks from the soup.
Give them a little puree in the Mini Quisinart.
Added that back to the pot and simmered for another 30 minutes.
Added 1 cup of half and half and simmered for 10 more minutes and served.
This has got to be the best soup I ever made. I was shocked at how good it was without any meat in it. The wife and child loved it too. I made it Sunday. It was all gone by Tuesday. Wifey wants more.
Thanks for watching.