Thursday, October 19, 2006

Leek, Mushroom & Swiss Chard Soup

Leek, Mushroom & Swiss Chard Soup
Inspired by The Joy of Cooking & my fridge

Prep time: 20 minutes
Simmer time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6

3 large leeks (4 cups/ 12 oz/ 320 g), halved length-wise, sliced across, rinsed and drained.
2 tbsp canola oil (or butter if you’re not worried about calories)
4 cups/8 oz/200g Swiss Chard or spinach (packed - leaves only), chopped
4 cups/8 oz/200g fresh mushrooms, chopped
4 cups/1 liter/ 35 fluid oz. vegetable (or chicken) stock/broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp dried thyme
½ - 1 cup milk or cream

1. In a Dutch oven or large soup pot, sauté the leeks in oil or butter until they are soft and semi-translucent (8-10 minutes).

2. Add the mushrooms and 1 more tbsp oil or butter, toss and sauté for 5 minutes.

3. Add the Swiss Chard and stir several times until the leaves are wilted.

4. Add the vegetable broth, cover and simmer over medium low heat for 20 minutes or so.

5. Add ½ cup of the milk, taste for seasoning and add more milk if desired.

Serve with some crusty bread (multigrain if you’re doing South Beach Diet) and a simple salad.

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Genie said...

Ruth, this looks like it would be a great way to use the leeks I've been planning to dig up -- thanks for posting this! Sounds delicious.

The Inadvertent Gardener

Queen 2 said...

where are the mushrooms? how much do we add?

Ruth Daniels said...

Oops! Queen 2, thanks for pointing that out. I've edited the recipe. Off the top of my head, I'd say 4 cups of fresh mushrooms or you could use less fresh and also add 1oz of reconstituted dried porcini mushrooms.

Queen 2 said...

thanks, ruth!