This hearty Potato Leek Soup made with Yukon Gold potatoes, leeks, kale, and fresh mozzarella cheese is a deliciously satisfying pick-me-up. Remix the leek tops into pesto and you will elevate this warm snack into a well-rounded lunch or dinner.
Finally, for festive flair make shamrock-shaped crostinis! This year’s St. Patty’s day guests will feel like they found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Yield: about 12 cups
Serves: 8 – 10
Cook the bacon in a large soup pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat until brown and crispy. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Reduce heat to medium add the leeks, onion, kale, and garlic to the bacon grease and sauté, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Adjust the heat as necessary so as not to brown.
Stir in the potatoes, vegetable broth, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and black pepper to the pot and bring to a boil. Cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are very tender.
Remove the thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Purée the soup with a hand-held immersion blender or transfer to a blender and carefully blend until very smooth.
Once the soup is smooth, add the heavy cream and Frigo® Fresh Mozzarella and bring the soup back to a simmer and cook until the cheese is melted and stirred into the mixture. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper. Check consistency, if the soup is too thin, simmer a while longer until thickened. If the soup is too thick, add stock to thin it out.
Garnish with crumbled bacon and fresh thyme, if desired.
Or, serve with Leek Top Pesto Crostini, recipe below.
Rad Tip: Freeze the soup easily, without the cream, for up to 3 months. Defrost the soup in the refrigerator for 12 hours and then reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until hot. Once heated, add the cream and bring to a simmer before serving.
Leek Top Pesto:
1 large baguette
1/4 cup olive oil, for drizzling
1 (5-ounce) wedge Frigo® Aged Parmesan, grated
2 bunches (about 4 cups) darker green leek tops, sliced
2 large garlic cloves, peeled
½ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted, or substitute chopped walnuts
¾ cup aged parmesan cheese, grated
1 lemon, juiced
¼ – ½ cup olive oil, for pesto
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a slip pat mat.
Slice the baguette into ⅓-inch thick slices. Place slices on the lined baking sheet. Lightly drizzle baguette slices with olive oil. Bake for 5-8 minutes until slices are warm and crisp.
Meanwhile, boil a large saucepot with water and add cleaned sliced leek green. Cook for 5 minutes until the leeks are soft and tender. Drain, pat dry, and set aside.
In the food processor fitted with a blade, pulse the garlic. Add toasted pine nuts and pulse until combined. Add grated Frigo® Aged Parmesan, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Pulse until combined. Slowly pour olive oil over mixture while the food processor is in motion. Continue to add olive oil until mix until the pesto is smooth.
Spread leek pesto onto warm baguette slices. Finish with shaved parmesan cheese and serve!
Rad Remix: Give this dish a festive flair by cutting shamrock-shaped crostinis out of sourdough slices using cookie cutters and top with the Leek Top Pesto.