I was so happy when I received an email from a fellow soup fan from The Netherlands. Sandra’s recipe for Leek Soup truly deserves a prize! This soup is so easy to make, healthy, low in fat, simple and delicious. You will be done in no time. Raised in Singapore, Sandra loves to use red chili peppers in this soup. I use one chili pepper as it enriches without overwhelming the soup. If you would like it to be more spicy, then you may want to use two or three peppers. Enjoy!
Ingredients – Serves 4-6
2 tbsp. of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3 leeks (medium size), cut into pieces, washed and drained
1 red chili pepper, finely chopped
1.2 L vegetable or beef stock
60g/3 tbsp. of ‘Boursin light’ or any other reduced fat soft cheese with garlic and herbs
To prepare the leeks, cut off the dark green parts and trim off the little beards at the bottom. Cut the leek into pieces and wash them in water to remove the grit. Once done, drain well.
Heat the olive oil on medium heat in your frying pan. Sauté the garlic with the red chili pepper for approximately 3 minutes. Add the leeks and allow them to ‘sweat’ over pretty low heat until they get soft, but not browned.
Heat the vegetable or beef stock in a stockpot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and toss the sautéed leeks, garlic and chili pepper into the stock. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let the soup cool down for a few minutes. Add the 3 tbsp. of Boursin (soft cheese) to the soup and purée the ingredients with a hand blender in the stockpot.
When ready to serve, bring back to a simmer and ladle in to bowls. If you like, garnish with some homemade croutons.
Bon Appetite 😉
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