Tuesday, January 19, 2010

French Food - Leek Soup:Potage Parmentier

January is National Soup Month. Treat yourself to a new soup recipe. Check out the website soupsong.com for hundreds of ideas and lots of interesting info on soup. Here is one of our favorite soup recipes. It is easy to make and delicious!

Leek Soup ~ Potage Parmentier
Potatoes add a wonderful thickness and body to this delicately flavored leek soup. Serve it hot and call it Patage Parmentier, or cold and call it Vichyssoise

3 cans (about 14 oz. each) regular strength chicken broth
4 cups sliced leeks (white part only)
3 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/2 pint (1 cup) whipping creme or Crème fraîche
3 tablespoons dry vermouth or sherry
chopped chives (optional)

In a 4 quart pan over high heat, combine broth, leeks, and potatoes. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are soft (about 20 minutes).
Puree mixture and return to pan. Stir in Cream and vermouth. Season with salt to taste. Heat through; or cover, refrigerate, and serve cold. Sprinkle with chives before serving. Makes about 10 cups.


  1. This sounds a lot like a soup my Oma made. It is definitely a hearty soup, and who doesn't like something warm and filling on a cold winter day!

  2. Sounds like the perfect thing -- warm -- for a winter's night. I love it cold in summer.

  3. You may know that you can still enjoy a meal on the terrace that we see on the Renoir painting! Last time I was there was together with some American and French blogger friends! Interested?

  4. Peter - very interested!!! How fun this would be. When I go to Paris I will be in touch with you!