Try this warm soup for a quick weeknight meal with bread and salad, or dress it up for company with crisp bacon or cheesy croutons to serve to company.
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups sliced leeks (tender parts only from about 3, trimmed)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 qt. reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
3 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup half-and-half
2 teaspoons kosher salt
How to Make It
Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Cook leeks, stirring often until softened, about 5 minutes. Measure out 1/4 cup leeks and set aside. Add garlic to remaining leeks in pot and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Increase heat to high. Add broth and potatoes and cook, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add half-and-half and salt.
Working in batches, whirl soup in a blender to purée. Divide soup among 4 bowls and top each with about 1 tbsp. reserved leeks.
I made this yesterday with a couple of substitutions: I used 6 small/medium unpeeled gold potatoes and fat free half and half. Rather than run batches through my blender I just used my immersion blender in the pot I cooked it in, and the soup turned out really well and was a very delicious smooth texture. I'll be making it again!