Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Potato Leek Soup with Little Bites {Sausages} for #WeekdaySupper

The work weeks have been getting very busy around here; I am sure it is no different for all of you. We do strive to eat dinner together around the table most nights and I am always happy to find new ideas.  The weekly taco night, does get old..right?!  So when Isabel aka Family Foodie extended the #SundaySupper theme to #WeekdaySupper I was thrilled. Perfect, and now there is no excuse to run out of quick, and easy #WeekdaySupper ideas.  Today is my second turn this year :) - You may be surprised that I am bringing soup!  Yes, soup - I know soup again...what can I say we love soup plus it is such an easy meal on a weekday. Filling, comforting, plus there are always enough left overs for the girl's lunches.  
The soup by itself is vegan - I added Little Bites {mini sausages}, certainly Wiener's, or any other type of sausage - meat or vegan - that is not too strong in flavor will work.  Serve it with some crusty bread, and maybe a salad on the side for a complete 100% satisfying #WeekdaySupper.
Potato Leek Soup with Little Bites
  • Splash of olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 large carrot cleaned and cut into slices
  • 1 celery stalk cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 3-4 C of leeks, cleaned well and cut into rings {I use all parts but the tough dark green parts of the leeks}
  • grated zest of one untreated lemon
  • 4 C of potatoes peeled and cut into little pieces {about 4 medium Russets}
  • 5 C of water
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt, pepper to taste and - if you like - non-salt based seasoning such as Chef's Shake from The Spice Hunter
  • Little Bites, or other sausage of choice
  1. Heat olive oil in soup pot - when hot add the onions with a pinch of salt; sauté until onions are soft,
  2. add carrots, and celery; sauté until bright in color and fragrant,
  3. add grated lemon zest and leeks; sauté until leeks turn bright in color and begin to soft.  Remove about 1-1/2 C of the leeks and reserve.
  4. add potatoes, and 5 C of water.  Bring to a slow simmer and cover pot; simmer soup until potatoes are soft,
  5. using an immersion blender {careful the hot soup may splatter} blend soup until smooth
  6. add reserved leeks, as well as  - if using - sausage until heated through
  7. Add lemon juice, and adjust salt, pepper, add - if using - additional seasonings 

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