19 January 2011

Potato, Leek & Spinach Soup with Rice

















This is my entry for this month's No Croutons Required. Lisa is hosting this month and came up with the idea of rice as an ingredient and I think it was a really good choice. Goodness knows what I am going to set as the challenge for next month. I will have to get my thinking cap on.

Yesterday lunchtime, I lusted after my friend Louise's Potato & Leek Soup. It smelled so good and my cheese and pickle sandwich couldn't compete. I thought I might make a variation on the traditional recipe as my entry and added some baby spinach and a kick of spice with some ground cumin.

My soup turned out delicious and thick, more like a stew really. If you like a thinner soup, then just add ½ cup of rice and you have the option of adding some milk towards the end.





















Potato, Leek & Spinach Soup with Rice

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
3 leeks, cut lengthwise then sliced
6 medium potatoes, chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
6 cups/2 ¾ pints vegetable stock (4 cubes)
1 large handful of baby spinach, chopped
1 cup of basmati rice
freshly ground black pepper


to serve

a splash of milk (optional)
a sprinkling of finely chopped chives


Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until the onions are soft and translucent.

Add the leeks and potatoes. I tend to add the vegetables as I chopped them, which means they are gently cooking as I go.

Stir in the cumin.

Add the stock and then the spinach. Next add the rice and stir well.

Bring the soup to the boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer. Cover and leave to cook gently for 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally, as the rice may stick a little.

Whizz up the soup, but not completely, you still want to have lots of lovely rice and potato to bite into.

Season with freshly ground black pepper.

The soup is nice with a splosh of cream or milk and sprinkled with chives, although I didn't bother with the milk this time.

This recipe makes a large pot of soup. My large Le Creuset casserole pot was ¾ full. I don't see the point in making a small batch of soup.

14 comments:

  1. Ooh, that looks yummy - I think I'd try it with a little bit of chopped kale or spring greens.

    Because we had to memorize the poem "Chicken Soup with Rice," when I was a kid, that's the first thing that comes to mind when I think of rice soups. But around our house, it was always broccoli rice soup with mushrooms. Now THAT's good stuff!

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  2. Oh now that sounds really, really good Tanita! I am pleased to say we didn't have to learn that song :)

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  3. Mmmmmmmm that does osund good. I don't know what it is but the idea of adding rice to soup always draws me in - can't resist!!

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  4. Hey Chele, this was definitely inspired by the challenge. I never usually add rice to my soup, noodles sometimes, but rice never. I do really like it though. It's like a soupy risotto :)

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  5. Lovely Jackie. I can hardly wait to hear what you come up with for next month's theme.

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  6. It will probably come to me at the last minute like it usually does :)

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  7. Perfect for these cold days Jacqueline!!!!

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  8. What a fabulous idea to add rice to this soup--I bet it added just that extra "je ne sais quoi" that made it really special. It also sounds like a perfect winter soup--comforting and healing--just what I'd love about now!

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  9. great soup for a winters day - I am trying to get back into soup at lunchtimes - it is so much nicer than a sandwich - today i even have a bread rolls to go with my soup that I have because sylvia picked it up and nibbled it in the bakery - she thought she would then put it back but I thought I better pay for it :-)

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  10. I've been eating a lot of soup lately. This is one I'd love to try. I like the suggestion of using kale too (since kale in soup is so great). Not that spinach isn't.

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  11. It's definitely soup weather here Val :)

    The rice is a first for me Ricki, I'm liking it :)

    Hehe! Sylvia is such a cutie. How funny Johanna :)

    I've not used kale in a soup for a while TB, but it is good, no doubt :)

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  12. I eat soup just about every day. I will be adding this to my rotation.

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  13. This sounds like a delicious recipe and I have spinach and potatoes to use up, perfect! Thanks for the idea.

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  14. This sounds like such a simple and tasty soup! And I must say that I love the sound of a pickle and cheese sandwich. I've never tried that before!

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