Friday, 9 October 2015

Chunky Leek and Potato Soup with a Twist - Instant Pot and Conventional Methods

Chunky Leek and Potato Soup with a Twist - Instant Pot and Conventional MethodsI learnt this Leek and Potato Soup from my husband a few years ago, who in turn learnt it from his mother. The "twist" is the addition of soy sauce (or tamari if you need to keep it gluten free), it has a lovely taste. It’s really easy, although I swear it tastes better when husband makes it), it's that “I didn’t have to cook it myself” feeling, isn’t it?

I am loving the Instant Pot, do not forget I have managed to get you the best offer in the UK for the Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1, now extended until the end of November 2015. You'll find all the details here but, in short, you get an Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1, free delivery (UK only), free silicon mini mitts and a free spare sealing ring for £104 (saving a total of £48.99). What does the 7 in 1 part refer to? As well as a pressure cooker, it's a slow cooker, a yoghurt maker, a porridge maker, a rice cooker, a steamer and it has a "keep warm" function that I'm in love with.

This is a chunky soup in my household, my recipe tester blended hers and she reported that it worked well! As always, the key is the taste.

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Instant Pot Leek and Potato Soup

Serves 6 (depending how hungry you are)

Chunky Leek and Potato Soup with a Twist - Instant Pot and Conventional MethodsIngredients

- Extra virgin olive oil (or butter, or oil of your choice)
- 5 medium/large floury potatoes (I use King Edward spuds), washed, peeled and diced in chunks about 2 cm wide
- 4 leeks, washed, trimmed and sliced, in slices approx 2 cm wide
- Black pepper mill

- 4 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (and an extra dash for luck)
- 1 teaspoon mixed herbs (I also sometimes use my own mixture of marjoram, rosemary and parsley)

- 1 litre water, cold / from the tap / room temperature or hot if you want it to go faster (I tend to go for hot)
- 1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder / 1 vegetable stock cube / homemade stock

To serve (optional), it's nice without too:
- Grated cheese (cheddar goes nicely)
- Milk




Instant Pot Method (Conventional, on the hob, below)
Chunky Leek and Potato Soup with a Twist - Instant Pot and Conventional Methods
You have two options: prepare all ingredients first and divide them into bowls (which is what I tend to do or follow the order below):

1. Wash and slice the leeks (2 cm approx). Add about a tablespoon of olive oil, butter or oil of your choice to the inner pot of the Instant Pot: press the Sauté button. Add the leeks to the pot with lots of freshly ground black pepper and stir well, leave them (stirring every once in a while) for a few minutes. I place the lid I use for slow cooking while this goes on.

2. During this time, wash, peel and dice the potatoes and add them to the pot (remember to stir every once in a while while you peel, etc.), add freshly ground black pepper, the soy sauce (or tamari) and mixed herbs. Stir. Give it 5 minutes or so. Press the Keep Warm/Cancel button.

3. Add the water and the stock, stir. Position the Instant Pot’s lid in place and lock, make sure the steam release handle is in the Seal position: press the Manual button, press the - (Minus) button to programme 4 minutes and let it do its thing. At this stage you could also choose to press slow cook if life suddenly changes on you and you end up having to go do something else.

4. If pressure cooking, when it finishes (it beeps) press the Keep Warm / Cancel button and give it time to do a natural release, i.e. don’t do a thing until you see that the valve has popped back down (if it doesn’t and you’re in a hurry, do a quick release.

Serve in bowls, add a bit of milk and top with cheese (I sometimes don’t add the milk or the cheese but it is a nice treat!). 

Conventional method (i.e. on the stove)

1. Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil, butter or oil of your choice in a large pan, over a medium heat. While it heats up, wash and slice the leeks. Add them to the pot with lots of freshly ground black pepper and stir. Cover, turn the heat down and simmer.

2. Wash, peel and dice the potatoes and add them to the pot (remember to stir every once in a while while you peel, etc.), add freshly ground black pepper, the soy sauce or tamari and mixed herbs. Stir and cover, give it 10 minutes or so.

3. Add the hot water and the stock, stir.

4. Let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes (it may need longer if using cold water), basically until the potatoes are nice and soft when you press them with a fork.

Serve in bowls, add a bit of milk and top with cheese (I sometimes don’t add the milk or the cheese but it is a nice treat!).




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