Autumn Leek and Carrot Creamed Soup with Chive Oil

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) olive oil
  • 12 cups (2.8 L) chopped leeks, (about 5) white and light green parts only
  • 3 cups (750 mL) chopped carrots, (about 6 carrots)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3.5 cups (1.75L) stock
  • 3,5 cups (1.75L) water
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped fresh chives
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 18% cream
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • 3/4 tsp (4 mL) pepper

Instructions:

In Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the oil over medium heat; fry leeks, carrots, celery, garlic and bay leaves, stirring occasionally and without letting vegetables colour, until tender-crisp, about 10 minutes. Add water and bring to boil; reduce heat to medium low and simmer until fork-tender, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in blender, puree chives with remaining oil until bright green. Strain through coffee filter into bowl. Set aside. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Discard bay leaves from soup. In blender, puree soup, in batches, until smooth. Strain into pot and heat over medium heat; whisk in cream, salt and pepper. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold; cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.) Reheat; ladle into bowls and drizzle with reserved chive oil.

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