Carrot Leek Soup – one pot meal ready in 30 minutes. Super flavorful and healthy vegetable meal!
Hey, it's my first soup recipe I've posted that doesn't have apple in it!
It's another meal that was born while attempting to save vegetables from rotting in my fridge.
Usually before I go away on a trip of any kind, I somehow end up buying way more food than I can consume in that time frame. This last time, I purposely did not let myself go to the grocery store for two weeks beforehand. Except to get one or two items as needed.
But still, the day before I was set to leave I was realizing I neglected to use a bag of leeks, among a few other things. I also had a bag of baby carrots, and figured now was as good a time as any to make carrot + leek soup!
My mom makes variations of leek soup all the time, and I always really like it. Leeks are like onions but have a milder flavor, and are good with potato and mushrooms. And carrots.
The thing with leeks is that they can be pretty dirty when bought whole at the store. Somehow, I find the packages of leeks at Trader Joe's (which are pre-trimmed) are perfectly clean. But you'll want to cut them lengthwise to check for dirt and clean if necessary.
Depending on how thick you like your soup, you might prefer more or less liquid than my recipe calls for. I like to add just the vegetable broth while cooking, and then add the water as it's cooking down and after using the immersion blender to get the desired result.
The soup is pretty flavorful on its own, but I also added cumin to spice it up a bit. Other spices that go well with leeks are tarragon, thyme, and sage.
Recommended and useful tools for this carrot leek soup recipe:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cups chopped leeks (about 4 leeks), trimmed
- 4 cups chopped carrots (about 1 lb.)
- 1 medium white onion (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt , or to taste
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 4 cups water (or more broth)
- 2 teaspoons cumin , optional
- In a large stovepot, heat oil over medium heat for 1 minute.
- Add chopped leeks, carrots and onion and salt. Stirring continuously, cook until carrots are slightly tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add broth and water, and mix.
- Let simmer over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Using an immersion blender, blend together to reach desired consistency. Add more water or broth if desired.
- Stir in cumin if using, and serve hot.
*The soup is pretty flavorful on its own, but I also added cumin to spice it up a bit. Other spices that go well with leeks are tarragon, thyme, and sage. To make it SPICY, add red pepper flakes!
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