Old German Potato Soup
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- 1 1⁄2 lbs potatoes (floury type instead of waxy, a russet will work)
- 3 ounces celeriac (or substitute celery)
- 9 ounces carrots
- 1 onion
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 clove
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 7 cups vegetable stock
- 7 ounces leeks
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream (or creme fraiche)
- 1 teaspoon marjoram leaves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- salt and pepper
- 7 ounces mixed mushrooms (preferably chanterelles)
- 1 onion
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped herbs (such as chives, parsley, or chervil, etc.)
- Peel and rinse the pototoes, celeriac and carrots. Chop into small dice. Peel the onion and stud it with the bay leaf and clove.
- Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or soup pot. Add the diced celeriac and carrots and brown lightly while stirring. Add the diced potatoes, studded onion and the vegetable stock. Cover and bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, remove the outer leaves of the leeks and cut off the root ends and dark green leaves. Cut in half, wash thoroughly, drain and slice. Add the sliced leeks to the soup, cover and cook for about another 10 minutes.
- Remove the onion with bay leaf and clove. Remove about 1/3 of the potato and vegetable mixture from the soup. Place it into a blender and puree and add back to the pot (or use a stick blender to partially puree the vegetables in the pot). Add the seasonings.
- For the garnish: Clean the mushrooms, and chop into bite sized pieces if they are large. Peel the onion and dice finely. Melt the butter in a saute pan and add the diced onion. Saute, stirring constantly about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and saute another 5 minutes.
- Just before serving top the soup with the mushroom and onion mixture and sprinkle with the herbs.
- Note: to save time, make the garnish after adding the leek to the soup pot to save time.
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I made a big pot of this on top of the stove yesterday. I took it to a small group Bible study. I took it in a slow cooker for traveling and so that it could stay plugged in to stay warm until eaten. It was a big hit! I took about 5 quarts of soup. I came home with an empty pot. Nine people ate every drop and raved about it. I offered a bottle of hot sauce on the side for those who wanted a bit of heat. On the way home my DH who tolerates soups but isn't really a big fan except for chili which he adores said, "That was really good soup. You should definitely make it again." I never thought he would say that about an all vegetarian soup. That alone makes it merit 5 stars for me even if the others hadn't loved it too.