LOOKING for: Tomato Leek Soup

khandiFebruary 7, 2007

I'm looking for a recipe for a tomato and leek soup. We go to this restaurant where the owner's wife makes all the soups homemade. My daughter absolutely LOVES this soup! At $5 a bowl, it better be good! LOL I've never cooked with leeks. All I know is that you cut them in half lengthwise and open it up a little to get the sand out. Any help in making this soup would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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lindac

Was it a creamy soup? Or a clear broth?
Linda C

    Bookmark   February 7, 2007 at 10:50AM
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khandi

There was no cream in it. Was like a clear tomatoee broth, if that makes any sense! LOL There were no "chunks" of tomato, it was I figured pureed... maybe in a beef broth? Not sure.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2007 at 12:43PM
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lindac

I would clean the leeks (2 small...about 1 inch around) by washing well, cutting in half length wise and washing. Then cut them into 1/4 inch chunks aross the leek. only thwe white part and the very pale green..
You ahould have about 1 1/4 cups...
Cut up about 3 stalks of celery the same way...to equal about 1;/2 a cup.
Sautee leeks and celery in half a stick of butter until soft....when almost done add 3 cloves of minced garlic ( don't use powder or garlic salt)
When the veggies are soft add the tomatoes from a 32 oz can of diced tomatoes ( SAVE THE JUICE!!) Stir and continut sauteeing for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often....then add the tomato juice from the can and a can of chicken broth and 1/4 cup of a dry red wine ( not port!) like a shiraz, merlot or a burgundy or cabernet... simmer another 15 minutes or so and add a generous teaspoon of chopped fresh basil.
When I do it I also add about 1/2 cup of roasted red peppers. If you are using your own...that would be 1 large pepper, roasted peeled and sliced...or a 6 oz jar of roasted red peppers, drained if you are buying.
If you do it in tomato juice, your broth will be cloudy...like tomato juice. This will be mostly a clear broth.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Linda C

    Bookmark   February 7, 2007 at 1:57PM
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khandi

Thanks. It sounds good to me!

Re "a can of chicken broth", are you talking about a 10 ounce can? - sometimes regular product sizes are different from U.S. and Canada.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2007 at 2:32PM
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dances_in_garden

Just a note, I use the green part of the leek too (just not the very tips, which are usually tough and dried or damaged). If you slice them across the fibers, they are more than tender. I think we are always told not to use them simply because they are dark green, and "leek" items are usually white/cream to pale green concoctions where dark green flecks might not be as pretty.

And when it comes to leeks, "a bit of sand" is like saying there is a bit of sand at the beach! Especially in the green and light green portions.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2007 at 7:33PM
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lindac

Yeah....10 oz can...or in home made terms...a cup and a half.
Linda C

    Bookmark   February 7, 2007 at 8:47PM
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