Healthy Potato, Mushroom and Leek Soup

"This is very easy, and pretty healthy in that there is NO cream, but there is a bit of wine and brandy, but it really is just a background flavor. This serves 8, so the small amount of wine or brandy really is very minimal. It is just a hearty but lighter soup. I mash a few of the potatoes up to give the soup a creamy texture without adding the extra calories of the cream. This is a nice unique soup. Make sure to add the brandy ... and don't forget the sour cream, just a dollop as a garnish."
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6-8 large cups




  • Potatoes -- In a large soup pot add 3 cups of water and the potatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer just 5-7 minutes. You don't want to cook them all the way, you just want to give them a head start. Once they are done, drain and set the potatoes off to the side. Don't cook them until they are tender, just crisp.
  • Base -- In the same pot, add the butter, onions, leeks, and celery and cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes. Then add in the garlic and mushrooms and cook until the vegetables are mostly tender. About 5-7 minutes.
  • Then deglaze the pot with the wine and also add the brandy. Cook 1-2 minutes until most of the liquid starts to reduce. Mix well. Add in the flour and stir well so everything is combined, make sure to cook just another minute to get rid of the flour taste. Slowly add in the broth and stir.
  • Potatoes -- Then add in 2/3 of the potatoes and the bay leaf. Don't worry about exact measuring, just eyeball it. The remaining 1/3 of the potatoes mash up slightly. I just use a fork to lightly mash and break them up. They don't have to be perfect. Add them to the soup and season with salt and pepper, remember you can always season a bit more later. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook about 10 minutes until the potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened. Once again, check for seasoning and add in the fresh dill and 1/2 of the parsley. Also, if you want your soup a bit thicker at this point, take a little of the broth or just water and add another teaspoon of flour and mix well. Add slowly to the soup to thicken. I personally like the soup a bit thinner as the potatoes thicken it nicely, but it depends how you like yours.
  • Serve -- Add in the remaining parsley right before you serve the soup. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and ENJOY!

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<p>Growing up in Michigan, I spent my summers at my cottage in the Northern part up by Traverscity. On a lake, big garden which had all the vegetables you could imagine. My mom taught school, so summers were our vacation time. Gramps and I fished all the time so fresh fish was always on the menu, perch, blue gill, walleye and small and large mouth bass. At age 5 I learned how to clean my own fish and by 10 I was making dinner, canning vegetables and fruits, making pies and fresh breads. Apples fresh picked every fall, strawberries in June and July, Cherries at the Cherry Festival in Traverscity. So fresh foods always were a big part. Mom worked as a teacher during the year so dinner was more traditional with pot roasts, meatloaf, etc, but it seemed we always had fresh fruits and vegetables as part of the meal. Mom also didn't use as many spices as I do, but times were different back then. <br /> <br />So ... My motto is ... There is NO Right and NO Wrong with cooking. So many people thing they have to follow a recipe. But NO ... a recipe is a method and directions to help and teach someone. Cooking is about personal tastes and flavors. I love garlic ... and another person may not. I like heat ... but you may not. Recipes are building blocks, NOT text ground in stone. Use them to make and build on. Even my recipes I don't follow most times --They are a base. That is what cooking is to me. A base of layer upon layer of flavors. <br /> <br />I still dislike using canned soups or packaged gravies/seasoning ... but I admit, I do use them. I have a few recipes that use them. But I try to strive to teach people to use fresh ingredients, they are first ... so much healthier for you ... and second, in the end less expensive. But we all have our moments including me. <br /> <br />So, lets see ... In the past, I have worked as a hostess, bartender, waitress, then a short order cook, salad girl in the kitchen, sort of assistant chef, head chef, co owner of a restaurant ... now a consultant to a catering company/restaurant, I cater myself and I'm a personal chef for a elderly lady. I work doing data entry during the day, and now and then try to have fun which is not very often due to my job(s). <br /> <br />I have a 21 year old who at times is going on 12, aren't they all. Was married and now single and just trying to enjoy life one day at a time. I'm writing a cookbook ... name is still in the works but it is dedicated to those people who never learned, to cook. Single Moms, Dads, or Just Busy Parents. Those individuals that think you can't make a great dinner for not a lot of money. You can entertain on a budget and I want people to know that gourmet tasting food doesn't have to be from a can of soup or a box, and healthy food doesn't come from a drive through. There are some really good meals that people can make which are healthy and will save money but taste amazing. So I guess that is my current goal. We all take short cuts and I have no problem with that - I do it too. I volunteer and make food for the homeless every couple of months, donating my time and money. I usually make soup for them and many times get donations from a local grocery stores, Sams Club, Walmart etc, with broth, and vegetables. It makes my cost very little and well worth every minute I spend. Like anyone, life is always trying to figure things out and do the best we can and have fun some how along the way.</p>
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