Just look at these picture perfect dried leek rings! I grew about 60 leeks this past summer and lovingly chopped and dried pounds of them, and just the other day I found my stash in my endlessly deep dried herb cabinet, and I set to work right away with the slow cooker to make a super batch of immunity boosting very garlic laden “cream” of potato leek soup. The soup was just what the doctor ordered, as my sweetie was getting sniffly, and I fought off his bug with about a dozen dosses of oregano oil, vitamin C, resishi mushroom and anti viral shooters, followed up with a full of love + garlic soup!
I have been stocking my freezer with large wide mouth mason jars of all the yummy big batches of soups I am cranking out these days. After each batch I usually have a few servings of leftovers as well as 1-2 L of soup ready to freeze down. 3 meals from one pot is a pretty great use of my time.
Why is this soup so lucky? Lucky for my sweetie this soup helps kick the bug. Lucky for my daughter the very thing she was craving all day is exactly what her Moma made for diner. Lucky for me this soup batch made many future meals.
In a slow cooker on high assemble
6 cups of potatoes chopped into small cubes
2 cups of dried or fresh leek rings
1 bay leaf
along with just enough water to cover them.
and a good handful of dried: parsley, oregano and sage.
In a small frying pan brown in oil:
1 large yellow onion chopped fine
and one whole bulb of garlic, all cloves chopped down into fine bits
and a good amount of fresh ginger grated.
Once golden brown, deglaze the pan with a little water and pour the works into the slow cooker.
Let everything cook for at least 4 hours
Then using an immersion blender zip up 70% of the soup (leaving just enough potato chunks to keep it interesting.
3 tbsp coconut milk powder (or half a can of coconut milk)
1 cup of almond milk
2 hearty tbsp of grainy mustard
1 hearty tbsp miso
handful of fresh parsley
and more S+P to taste
heat for another 30 minutes before serving.
Serve to your sniffling loved ones or just enjoy by the bowlfull!