Potato Leek Soup
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Fall has officially fallen. And with that comes a number of things...the crunch of fallen leaves under your shoes. The smell of apple pie baking in the oven. Pumpkin spice lattes. Apple cider donuts. Jack-o-lanterns. Haunted hay rides. And one of my favorites, soup!

List of any number of comfort foods and I may always pick soup. I love the incredible options and variations you can make. There is nothing better than being able to come home after a long day at work, walking home in the crisp autumn air, putting on my slippers and cuddling with a blanket over my lap as I enjoy a nice hot bowl of soup.

potatoes and leeks

I am slightly worried that I no longer have a Vitamix at my disposal (I left the one I purchased at my parents as payment for them allowing me to live in their home rent free after moving home from NYC). I do have a NutriBullet, but I am not completely confident in its abilities. The Vitamix can do no wrong when it comes to making soups. We shall see how I manage. Perhaps I will just have to make all of my recipes at my parents' house? Or find a way to convince Vitamix to give SMAK a unit to review for the blog...hint, hint...

potato leek soup

Potato leek soup is a very common soup variation. What I love about this recipe is the addition of cayenne pepper and chopped bacon. Let's face it, you can't go wrong with bacon and a little bit of spice.

Tomorrow we are back to our weekly favorites!

Potato Leek Soup

Ingredients:

3 leeks, sliced just into the green tops 3 lbs of potatoes, chopped, skin on 8 cups chicken broth salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste cayenne pepper, to taste bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions:

  1. Sauté leeks in butter for 8 minutes.
  2. Cover with potatoes and chicken broth, bring to boil.
  3. Simmer for 20 min or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. In small batches put in Vitamix, or blender, and purée.
  6. Return to pot on stove top.
  7. Spoon into bowls and top with cayenne pepper and chopped bacon. Serve with bread.