Sunday, November 25, 2007

Leek and potato soup with mustardy toasts and bacon bits

I love making a big batch of soup at this time of year. It seems like the right sort of thing to be doing on a cold day. It is also a handy lunch for work - I freeze individual portions and take them to work still frozen solid (no worry about leaks or spillages) and by lunchtime they have defrosted, ready to pop in the microwave. Only trouble with this one though is that I can hardly start frying bacon and grilling cheesy toasts to go with it!

Once I had made this leek and potato soup last week, I simply knew that I had to combine it with bacon, cheese and mustard in some form. Delicious!

Leek and potato soup with cheesy mustard toasts and bacon bits

Serves 4

1lb potatoes, peeled and diced small

1lb leeks, finely sliced

1 medium onion, finely sliced

3 tablespoons sunflower oil

2 pints vegetable (or chicken) stock

6 rashers smoky bacon

8 slices of baguette

Good handful grated Gruyere or other hard cheese of choice

2 tblsp grainy mustard

1. Heat oil in a deep saucepan and add leeks, onion and potatoes - sweat until translucent and potatoes are starting to soften.

2. Add stock and bring to boil. Simmer for around 50 minutes.

3. Ten minutes before soup is ready, cut bacon into small bits and fry until crispy.

4. Smear mustard over the baguette slices and top with grated cheese. Grill until bubbling and golden.

5. Blitz the soup in a blender or use a stab-mix - blend until smooth. Add more stock if too thick. Season to taste. Serve with bacon bits and cheesy toasts. Stir in a little cream if you prefer a creamier soup.

6 comments:

ginger@dinnerdiary.org said...

Wow, that sounds really good. I'm making a lot of soup at the moment for lunches (and use the same carrying-to-work method that you do) so will add this to my list!

G

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love leeks and love bacon and love bread and love mustard. :)

Delicious recipe!

Rosie said...

Just what we crave for comfort food this time of year. A wonderful bowl of soup is always nice and I really like the sound of your recipe - YUM!!

Rosie x

Greg said...

Oh YUM!

Antonia said...

Ginger - at this time of year I find soup to be just the thing to take to work - so comforting. This one is so simple and yet delicious.

Patricia - such a delicious combination of flavours aren't they?!

Rosie - pure comfort indeed!

Greg - YUM indeed!

Jeremy said...

I love soups in winter, warming nourishing and usually make my own. It should be kept in collection. This one looks little thin and my kids like thick one though. I would give it a try.