Sunday, 21 November 2010

Recipe: Bacon, Leek and potato soup

I've mentioned before that I love making soup in the colder months.  There's nothing more cheering than coming back from a long walk with Tess, or from the weekly shop and reheating a pan of homemade soup.  It warms the cockles.

One of my favourite soups to make is Leek and Potato, and this is a slight twist on that with the addition of bacon.  It takes about 25 minutes to make it from scratch, and well worth the effort.

Ingredients: 1oz butter; 1 onion - chopped; 1 leek - cleaned, trimmed and chopped; 1 potato - peeled and cut into small cubes; 4 rashers of streaky bacon; 1/2 pint of vegetable or ham stock; 1/4 pint of milk; salt and pepper.

Melt the butter in the pan (I also added a splash of olive oil to stop the butter burning). Add the onion and leek and cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add most of the bacon (I didn't have any streaky, so just used what I had in the fridge)  to the pan keeping some back for garnish and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Then add the potato and cook for 1-2 minutes until the potato is coated in the juices from the other ingredients.

Pour the stock into the pan and bring the mixture to the boil.  Reduce the heat, put the lid on and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potato is tender.

Allow the soup to cool slightly before pureeing - I used a food blender, it's so much quicker and makes a smoother soup.  But if you want it to be a bit more chunky use a hand blender.  Pour the soup back into the pan, add the milk and add some water if too thick.  Check the seasoning - but be careful, the bacon and stock will have added salt so do check it first - then reheat gently.  Meanwhile, cut the remaining bacon into thin strips and fry until crispy.  Serve the soup with the crispy bacon as a garnish.

An easy yet delicious soup to make.  It only made enough for two though, so next time I'll double - or even treble - the ingredients to make more.

This recipe, and many other tasty recipes, can be found in the Good Food, Fast cookbook.  Made by the makers of the Dairy Diary it has recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less.  I've already got post-it notes stuck in several pages for the recipes I want to try next!