Suitable for good men as well as good women. Easy to make and delicious, warming, comforting…2 tbsp olive oil 500g leeks 500g potatoes 300g carrots (optional) Vegetable stock
Clean the leeks by slicing a cross in the top, the length of the dark green leaf then standing cut-side down in a glass of heavily salted water for 10mins.
Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan and fry roughly chopped leeks for 10 mins so they sweat and go soft. Scrub or peel the potatoes (peeling will give you a creamier soup), chop and add them to the pan with the carrots (if using). Stir and allow to cook for 2-3mins. Then add just enough stock to cover the vegetables, cover with a lid and allow to cook for 20mins.
When cooked, season with salt and pepper, blend, adding more stock if needed. The consistency should be thick and fluffy like a warm duvet on a cold day… Serve with a little chopped parsley or a dollop of crème fresh or yoghurt (optional). For a protein packed variation, add half a cup of red lentils with the potatoes and a little more stock for cooking.