This is my friend, Deanna Wilson’s recipe for leek soup. It is a great soup for cleansing, for allergies/cold symptoms or to ease inflammation in the body. Don’t be afraid to mix it up a little by trying some of the variations at the bottom. Be Creative!
Learn more about Deanna at her website: www.ThrutheWellnessDoor.com
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 2 medium shallots or 1-2 bunch of green onions. (Shallots bring sweetness to the soup)
- 3 medium leeks, sliced (white and light green parts only)
- 1/2 yellow onion
- Roughly 2-4 cups cup organic chicken or vegetable broth (I usually start with 2 and then add to the level of thickness I want)
- 4 cloves garlic (or more if you love garlic!)
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- ¼ cup Cilantro
- ¼ Parsley
- Pepper (to taste)
Dry roast garlic and jalapeno pepper on the stove top in a skillet. Roast till they start to blacken. Peel and clean and chop and set aside. (I use disposable plastic gloves when handling the pepper)
Heat the oil in large pan. Add cleaned and chopped shallots/green onions (add both if you want!), yellow onion and leeks. Cook on low to medium heat for about five minutes stirring occasionally.
Add chicken or vegetable broth, garlic and jalapeno pepper (test pepper for hotness and add to YOUR liking. I love it hot so I use the whole thing, others may only use ¼ of one), simmer half covered on medium heat for 30 minutes. (I check it from time to time and add more broth as needed). Transfer some vegetables and some liquid to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. For chunky soup use some of the liquid and vegetables or for a smooth soup blend it all. Add more broth until desired consistency.
Makes about 4 servings. Ladle into soup bowl and top with cilantro and/or parsley to taste.
- For richer flavor switch out yellow onion for red.
- Steam asparagus and add to soup (great for kidneys). After blending, you may want to use a strainer to catch some of the fibrous parts of the stem)
- Use some red/orange bell peppers (steam or roast them in the oven first)
- Use some coconut milk in place of some of the broth and add some turmeric (or Indian curry/turmeric spice blend)
- In winter, add some red potatoes for comfort. : ) Add the potatoes when adding the leeks with the oil in the first 5 minutes.
If you really daring……….USE ALL the ingredients. I DO!! : D
Experiment with the flavors and find a combo that works for you. All of these ingredients will help with inflammation to cleanse the body and boost your immune system. Enjoy.