Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Easy Potato Leek Soup


Okay guys, so I am going to let you in on a little Hip Hostess secret. Let me start by saying that in almost every case I believe in using fresh herbs and ingredients in every recipe. The taste cannot be beaten and it helps cut down on preservatives which is better for your health.

However, there is one exception in my household where I believe the end result is just as good and you save yourself about 1 hour prep and cooking time. This potato leek soup recipe is our go-to in a last minute guest situation and also our “I am so tired that I just want to curl up on the couch and watch mindless television” evenings.

The secret is that you use Simply Mashed Potatoes instead of cutting, boiling and food processing your potatoes. We have tried many different combinations of specific brands and the below is the one that would stand up to a blind taste test against Grandma’s homemade.

Easy Potato Leek Soup
4 servings

1 package of Knorr Leek Recipe mix
2 cups of Progresso Chicken Broth
1 cup of milk (we use Simply Smart Fat Free but any will do)
1.5 or 2 cups of Simply Mashed Potatoes depending on what consistency you like
Salt and white pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together on stovetop in a sauce pan. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to low for 10 minutes while stirring to break apart potatoes. Add salt and white pepper to taste.

* You can serve hot as Potato Leek Soup or cold as Vichyssoise

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