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Jul 21, 2010 09:02 PM

Brothy Leek Soup Recipe?

I've just discovered the lusciously delicate flavor of leeks and would love to make some sort of soup with it. However, the only recipes I see are creamy or potato-y. My favorite soups usually always feature a really great broth (which I have in my freezer). Anyone have a delicious, brothy leek soup recipe for me?

Your help is much appreciated!

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  1. Well, you could start by making a soup of chopped leeks simmered in broth. From there, the variations are endless. Who needs a recipe?

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    1. re: alanbarnes

      I'm not averse to figuring it out on my own, but I figured I'd put my feelers out for some tried and true 'variations'. What are your favorites?

      1. re: soypower

        I wasn't being facetious. Seriously, try just chopping up some leeks and simmering them in good broth 'til they're tender. It's simple, but there's nothing wrong with that.

        If you want to go further, float a slice of baguette on the top. Maybe top it with cheese. You can even brown the cheese under the broiler.

        Braised lentils or white beans could add a little texture. Greens might work, too. And what about some sliced duck breast?

        Fact is, asking what to do with leeks and broth is like asking what to do with paint and canvas. It's not that

        1. re: alanbarnes

          Now that I've seen some of the brothy leek soup recipes, I think I understand your initial reply. Doesn't look like leeks need very much to be delicious. I will take your advice and start w/ the chopped leeks simmered in broth. A belated thank you!

    2. Well, of course, there's the famous Leek Soup from "French Women Don't Get Fat", at Couldn't be simpler, and there's no reason you couldn't substitute broth for the water.

      If you're looking for something more interesting, has some recipes that might suit you, including:
      Welsh Leek Soup (Cawn Cennin):
      Japanese Miso Soup with Tofu and Leeks,
      Lemony Lentil Soup with Leeks and Scallops,
      Japanese Clear Soup with Chicken and Leeks,
      Cock-a-Leekie Soup,

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      1. re: webgeekstress

        Thanks for those links! That Mimosa soup actually looks quite tasty, despite being a magical 'diet soup'. And the Japanese clear soup with chicken and leeks may just be the ticket for dinner tonight.