Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
This is a buttery, hearty, warming soup. Has leeks, red onions, scallions, lots of garlic, and dried Porcini mushrooms. You can top it with cheese if you like.
- 3 leeks, sliced, white part only, rinsed very good
- 3 large red onions, sliced
- 6 -10 garlic cloves, sliced
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup dried porcini mushrooms, soaked and rough chopped (reserve liquid for soup)
- 8 cups water
- 2 tablespoons beef base or 2 tablespoons vegetable stock base
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- scallion, thinly sliced, for garnish
- Melt butter and olive oil in a large pot.
- Sauté leeks, onions, salt, pepper, sugar, 8-10 minutes adding garlic and cook 3 more minutes.
- Add strained chopped mushrooms, water, beef base, strained liquid from mushrooms and parsley.
- Bring to a boil lower heat to a simmer and cook for 20 more minutes.
- If desired, toast bread in over and top with your favorite cheese and place on top of soup and serve topped with a garnish of scallions and pepper.
- For vegetarian use only the vegetable base.
Okay so things you should know about this recipe: it's a great base, starter soup but it's very thin not hearty. Most of the flavour is coming from the vegetable broth and mushroom of course. It is also a sodium bomb especially if you add the teaspoon of soya which I felt it needed but I know others added even more (not sure how). I added potatoes but not enough and puréed 3/4 of it in the end and added it back with the rest of the soup. Still was very thin. I suggest do this recipe and add a few big potatoes than purée it for a thicker consistency. The taste was very good! The moz cheese on the top is a good idea but can easily submit for vegans. I actually added this on top of basmati rice to make it more of a meal! Was amazing! But again it's a very thin clear soup so if you want something heartier add potatoes or chickpeas etc with a little purée time. : )
I can't fairly give a rating here because I made so many changes - but this was very good! I have been waiting for my incompetent grocery store to have leeks in stock but apparently that's not happening - so today I simply ran out of patience! I made your recipe with a combo of dried porcini, baby bella, red and white onions. The soup is just finished and I burned my mouth in my haste to taste it! I vow to make this again and give it a rating based on the ingredients! Thanks, Rita!
This was fabulous. Though I followed the recipe (for the most part the only changes i made were to use sweet onions and to caramelize the onions prior to adding the leeks and spices and I skipped the parsley out of laziness!) I put cheese on top- the only kind I had was a mix of provolone, mozz and parmesan shredded and it was PERFECT on top of this. Oh, and I had to add another 1/2 tbsp of beef base concentrate but that was personal preference. I think it would have been fine if I didn't. Thanks for an awesome recipe! Next time I make this I am doubling the mushrooms!