Monday, October 11, 2010


This was one of the very first recipes I posted. I haven't made it in ages, but today I had a little craving. Lately food never sounds good to me, so when something does...I don't let the feeling pass me by. It also happens to be a perfect "soup" day here in Utah.

I first discovered this recipe while pregnant with Reese. It quickly became a comfort favorite. Funny I should be craving it again while pregnant.

(For a healthy version, substitute the cream cheese with reduced fat sour cream. It still tastes really good and is less calories and fat.)

(Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 leeks, white part only, washed well and chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large potato, peeled and chopped
1 16 oz. can artichoke hearts drained
3 cups chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 C. Cream Cheese
2 tablespoons chopped chives, for garnish (optional)

1. Heat olive oil in a heavy, large pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and the garlic and stir. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the artichokes, stock, salt, and pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
2. Using a handheld immersion blender, or in a blender in batches*, puree the soup. Add the 1/4 cup cream cheese and blend again to combine.
3. Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Top with chives to garnish (optional).

* When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

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1 comment:

Jenny said...

It looks absolutely lovely. A restaurant in my area offers one that similar, but their version uses carrots which makes the dish too sweet.

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