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Skinny Potato Leek Soup Recipe – 4 Points+

Posted Feb 15 2012 6:16pm

Skinny Potato Leek Soup

Skinny Potato Leek Soup a la Jamie Oliver

Leeks, potatoes, onions, carrots and celery cooked in broth until tender. This leek and potato soup is made without butter or cream so it’s hearty and healthy and skinny.

While  usually eaten hot, Jamie Oliver claims that “it’s also surprisingly delicious eaten cold on a summer’s day with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dollop of natural yogurt” in his book, Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals .

It’s wonderful hot on a chilly day. I’m looking forward to trying it chilled this summer when the thermometer begins to soar here in Phoenix.

If you’ve never eaten or cooked leeks, I encourage you to give them a try.  They have a wonderful mild, sweet, distinctive oniony flavor. I was first  introduced to them by French Women Don’t Get Fat , author Mireille Guiliano, in her  French Women Don’t Get Fat Magical Leek Soup  recipe and have never looked back.

If you’ve never prepared leeks, there’s a helpful instructional video from the Gourmet Magazine Test Kitchen at the end of the post.

Enjoy!

Skinny Potato Leek Soup Recipe
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Recipe type: Soup
Author: Martha
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 6
A classic skinny soup that is usually eaten hot, but is surprisingly good when eaten cold with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and dollop of plain yogurt on a hot summer day
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put a large saucepan on medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the carrots, celery, onions, garlic, and leeks and stir them together with a wooden spoon.
  2. Partially cover the pot with the lid and cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots have softened but are still holding their shape and the onions and leeks are lightly golden, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the broth and potatoes to the vegetables in the pot, give everything a stir and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve as is or use a blender to puree until creamy.
Nutrition & Cooking Notes

Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/6th recipe): 181 calories, 3.5 g fat, 29.5 g carbs, 4.5 g fiber, 8.2 g protein and 4 WW Points+ Value

*leeks can be very sandy and need to be washed well. I usually rinse them and then swish them around in a large bowl of water. Also, after removing the root end, use just the white part and a hint of the pale green leek for the soup. The dark green portion is too tough and should be used only for making stock or discarded.

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Here’s a great video on preparing leeks from the Gourmet Magazine Test Kitchen:

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