Feeling chilly? I have just the cure!
It’s so freezing outside that I thought I should share with you a soup recipe that has become one of my all-time favourites. I really didn’t like the idea of it at first – but although it only has a few ingredients, the flavour is amazing.
So – introducing …
Leek and Chickpea Soup.
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 4 leeks
- 3 desiree potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
- 2 cans of chickpeas
- 1.5 – 2 litres of chicken stock
Cut leeks down the middle, discarding the tough green part at the top, and clean thoroughly under running water. Chop fairly finely.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add leeks and a few good pinches of salt. The salt will not only add flavour, but allow the leeks to wilt, without colouring. This should take about five minutes over a medium heat – ensure you keep an eye on it and stir regularly.
Add the potatoes, along with the chickpeas and cook until heated through. Add stock at this point – enough to generously cover the mixture.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, or until potato cubes are tender.
Remove from heat and using a stick mixer, blend the ingredients, but leave some chunky bits.
Blitzing ensures the soup is beautiful and creamy, but leaving some chunky bits of chickpea and leek means there is really nice texture too. However, feel free to blitz to a smooth consistency if that’s what you prefer.
Bring back to the simmer – now you can judge whether more stock needs to be added. Just add more until the texture is to your liking. Make sure you have a taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Serve drizzled with some olive oil and some shavings or parmesan cheese.
This soup really is a meal in a bowl on a cold winter night in front of the TV and also makes a fantastic lunch. You can freeze it too, if you want – but I find this one disappears out of the fridge pretty quickly!
Hopefully I have inspired you to give it a go this weekend – it takes no time at all, leeks are plentiful and chickpeas are always cheap – would love to know how you go!
I’ll have some more great soup recipes for you soon – minestrone or pumpkin soup anyone?