The season's cooling off, and it's the end of another chaotic week; slow down and take the time to nourish yourself with an uncomplicated potage parmentier. After all, even the legendary Julia Child held an appreciation for this humble yet warming soup.
Begin with little more than a few loose ends from the larder: chopped leeks and clean potatoes. Simmer the broth until tender, break potatoes apart into rustic pieces, and serve seasoned with just a splash of heavy cream, salt and white pepper, and fine herbs.
To add a little more protein to the dish, crumble a little cooked, crispy bacon, prosciutto, or pancetta on top. The result? A soul-satisfying soup that's not overly heavy. For the recipe, keep on reading.
3 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced or diced
5 leeks, trimmed, cleaned, then thinly sliced, including the tender green part
4–6 tbsp. whipping cream
2–3 tbsp. minced fresh parsley or chives
- Put potatoes, leeks, salt to taste, and 8 cups of water in a large saucepan over medium heat and simmer, partially covered, until vegetables are tender, 40–50 minutes.
- Mash vegetables in the soup with a fork, or pass the soup through a food mill. Correct seasoning with salt.
- Off heat, just before serving, stir in the cream by spoonfuls. Pour soup into a tureen or soup bowls and decorate with the herbs. Add a little freshly ground white pepper, if you like.
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