Serves 4 as a meal or 6 as appetiser
2-3 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 large leek, white and pale green parts, sliced (about 3 heaping cups)
1/4 C dry white wine
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 small fennel bulb, diced
5 medium-large carrots, sliced
1-2 small yukon potatoes, diced
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 small bay leaves
6-7 C water or vegetable stock (or water with a vegetable bouillon would do fine, too)
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the leek and a healthy pinch of salt and cook for about 8 minutes until the leeks are tender. When tender, add the garlic and fennel and cook for 3-4 more minutes before adding the wine. Cook everything together until most of the wine has evaporated.
2. Add the carrots, potato, thyme and bay leaves and about 1/2 C of the water/stock. Cook together until it’s mostly evaporated. Add the rest of the water/stock and bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and cook for 30 minutes, partially covered, or until the vegetables are tender but not mushy.
3. Turn off the heat, cover completely and let sit for about 10-15 minutes. Something magical happens in this time of waiting.
4. Using a 1C ladle, ladle the soup into a blender keeping liquid and veggies about equal. Blend until smooth (being sure to hold down the lid with a hand towel). Pour creamy soup into another sauce pan. Repeat the process until done.
5. Bring the creamy potage to a simmer over low heat, if necessary. Stir in the lemon juice and adjust for salt and pepper.
6. Serve just as is or with Parsley-Basil Drizzle (see below)
7. Enjoy and feel better!
Parsley-Basil Drizzle (as deliciously written per Rebecca Katz)
1/4 C tightly packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 C tightly packed fresh flat-leat parsley leaves
2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 T water
1/4 t sea salt
1/4 C extra-virgin olive oil
Combine all ingredients except oil in a blender or food processor and process until finely chopped. Slowly pour in the olive oil (with motor running, if possible) and process until smooth. Adjust for salt or olive oil or lemon. Drizzle over soup and Enjoy!